Bridge of Clay
The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar, family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle. The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?

Bridge of Clay Details

TitleBridge of Clay
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherDoubleday
ISBN-139780385614290
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Bridge of Clay Review

  • Marissa
    January 1, 1970
    HEY MARKUS. HEY.WHERE'S THE BOOK MARKUS?MARKUS. WHERE IS IT?
  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    Markus Zusak could write the iTunes User Terms of Agreement and I'd still read it. so yeah, pretty excited for this one!EDIT omg people stop liking this please i can't believe i keep getting notifications for this review i wrote in HIGH SCHOOL (for context I'm getting my BA next month [also: i've been on this website for more than 6 years?? time is fake]) i mean i guess i'm glad you're all happy this book is finally coming out lol but the original statement in this review no longer stands becaus Markus Zusak could write the iTunes User Terms of Agreement and I'd still read it. so yeah, pretty excited for this one!EDIT omg people stop liking this please i can't believe i keep getting notifications for this review i wrote in HIGH SCHOOL (for context I'm getting my BA next month [also: i've been on this website for more than 6 years?? time is fake]) i mean i guess i'm glad you're all happy this book is finally coming out lol but the original statement in this review no longer stands because i read I Am The Messenger after writing this and it was AWFUL sorry
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  • Raeleen Lemay
    January 1, 1970
    A RELEASE DATE AT LAAAAAAST OCTOBER BETTER GET HERE REAL QUICK
  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    That only took, like, a lot of fucking time. But we have a release date.
  • Shirley Marr
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, this space is just going to become a dumping ground of stuff I learn about Bridge of Clay until the book actually comes out and I read it, die and then come back to fill it with a proper review.Update 20 Nov: From the Markus Zusak Facebook Fanpage Here (worth regularly stalking btw) Markus posts some excerpts from BOC as per below:(Markus Zusak's own words)...here's a small piece or two from Bridge of Clay that I revisit regularly and work on:PENELOPE... iOnce, in the tide of Dunbar past – Okay, this space is just going to become a dumping ground of stuff I learn about Bridge of Clay until the book actually comes out and I read it, die and then come back to fill it with a proper review.Update 20 Nov: From the Markus Zusak Facebook Fanpage Here (worth regularly stalking btw) Markus posts some excerpts from BOC as per below:(Markus Zusak's own words)...here's a small piece or two from Bridge of Clay that I revisit regularly and work on:PENELOPE... iOnce, in the tide of Dunbar past – long before kitchens and boys, and murderers and mules – there was a many-named woman. And what a woman she was.First, of course, the name she was born with: Penelope Lesciuszko.Then the one christened at her piano: the Mistake Maker.Her factory name was Penny Lessing.Her unfortunate, self-proclaimed nickname was the Broken-Nosed Bride.And last, the name she died with: Penny Dunbar.Quite fittingly, she had travelled from a place that was best described by a certain phrase in the books she was raised on.She came from a watery wilderness.iiMany years ago, and like so many before her, she arrived in the city with a suitcase and a scrunched-up stare. She was immediately astounded by the mauling light of the place.This city. It was so hot and wide, and white.The sun was some sort of barbarian, a Viking in the sky. It plundered, it pillaged. It got its hands on everything, from the tallest stick of concrete to the smallest cap in the water. Typically, too, it was just Penelope’s luck; she’d shown up on a scorcher.In her former country, in the Eastern Bloc, the sun had mostly been a toy, a gizmo. There, in that far-off land, it was cloud and rain, and ice and snow that wore the pants – not that funny little yellow thing that showed its face every now and again to remind you it was around. In that place, the warm days were rationed. Even on the boniest, barren afternoons, there was a chance of moisture. Drizzle. Wet feet. It was communist Europe at its slow-descending peak.In a lot of ways it defined her. Escaping. Alone.Or more to the point, lonely.She would never forget landing here in sheer terror. From the air, in a circling plane, the city looked at the mercy of its own brand of water (the salty kind), but on the ground, it didn’t take long to feel the full force of its true oppressor. Her face was dappled immediately with sweat. Outside, she stood with a flock, a herd, no – a rabble – of equally shocked and sticky people.After a short wait, the lot of them were rounded up. They were corralled into a sort of indoor tarmac. The light globes were all fluorescent. The air was floor to ceiling heat.“Name?”Nothing.“Passport?”“Przepraszam?”“Oh, Jesus.” The man in uniform stood on his toes and looked above the heads and hordes of new immigrants. What a mob of hot and sorry faces! He found the man he wanted. “Hey, George! Bilski! I got one here for you!”But now the woman who was nearly twenty-one but appeared sixteen gripped him firmly in the face. She held her charcoal-coloured booklet as if to strangle its edges of air. “Parshporrt.”A smile, of resignation. “Okay, love.”She knew no-one here.The people who’d been in camp with her for nine months in the Austrian mountains had broken away. While they were sent, family after family, west across the Atlantic, Penelope Lesciuszko was to make a longer journey, and now she was here.She was here and she had to execute her plan:Get to camp. Learn English better. Find a job, and a place to live. Then, most importantly, buy a bookshelf. And a piano.At that moment, those things were all she wanted from this new world laid searingly out in front of her. As time went by, she got them. She got them all right, and a whole lot more...______________________Update 7 Oct: He just put this on his Facebook like 10 minutes ago and I saw it because I am a stalker.Chapter titles appearing in BOC:* Shake Hands with the Criminal* Carey, Clay and Matador in the Fifth* The Surrounds* The Forces are Displayed* The Immigrant's Dictionary* The First Thoroughbred* The Pugilists, and* The Murderer Wasn't Always the Murderer, You KnowSo, very Markus is all I can say :-)Housekeeping 01 Sept: I've edited the publication date of this from 2011 to 2012. On Markus Zusak's official Twitter (http://twitter.com/markus_zusak) he replied to a fan's question about when it was due with:@jlaz5 Hi there, I'm still writing. If I can finish by end of this year it'll be out next year for sure. Thanks for the kind words...Update 01 Sept: I also discovered on his Twitter that the opening sentence to the novel is this:"In the beginning, there was one murderer, one mule and one Clay..."Okay. I love it already.
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  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    not to be dramatic, but i have been waiting an ETERNITY for this. i would literally sell my soul to have this book right now.
  • ★ Jess
    January 1, 1970
    Edit: This was originally going to be released while I was in year 10. Im about to start my second year at uni. Cool.Edit: Come on Markus. We were told this was going to be published on September 1, 2011. Wtf man. EDIT: CTUYHAJKLHDGNSKLHESBDNLGK>NMKSD>Its September 1 today, and Zusak hasn't even finished writing the book! It still needs to be finished and edited and marketed and shit. I AM SO UNBELIEVABLY DEVASTATED. How can you do this to me Markus? I HATE YOUR FREAKING GUTS. Wait, no. I Edit: This was originally going to be released while I was in year 10. Im about to start my second year at uni. Cool.Edit: Come on Markus. We were told this was going to be published on September 1, 2011. Wtf man. EDIT: CTUYHAJKLHDGNSKLHESBDNLGK>NMKSD>Its September 1 today, and Zusak hasn't even finished writing the book! It still needs to be finished and edited and marketed and shit. I AM SO UNBELIEVABLY DEVASTATED. How can you do this to me Markus? I HATE YOUR FREAKING GUTS. Wait, no. I love you. I love you so much. I love you and your books almost as much, if not more, than I love Neil Gaiman. I know you're a goodreads member, so if you see this JUST FINISH THE GODAMN BOOK ALREADY! Quick quick quick! The biggest blurb/teaser I can find: Bridge of Clay is a teen novel by Australian author Markus Zusak, to be published by Doubleday and released on September 1, 2011. The book primarily focuses on family and bridges, both physical and emotional. The main character, Clay, attempts to build a bridge over a river before it floods. Zusak has been planning the book for over ten years.In an interview with The Guardian, Zusak made the following comments:I'm writing a book called Bridge of Clay - about a boy building a bridge and wanting it to be perfect. He wants to achieve greatness with this bridge, and the question is whether it will survive when the river floods. That's all I can say about it for now - not out of secrecy, but you just don't know what direction a book is going to take, no matter how well you've planned.I am incredibly excited. Marcus Zusak is not only a sensational storyteller, but also has an incredible way with words.Everything he writes is gold. Everything he writes is so very, very different. I can not wait for his next book! I can already tell it is going to be "truly great and miraculous". I havent been this excited about a book since Mockingjay. Im going to pre-order my copy ASAP. IM SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Tilly Booth
    January 1, 1970
    Guys...this book fucked me up in the best way. I’ll write a review when I’m not drowning in my own tears
  • Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
    January 1, 1970
    Apparently there have been rumors about this book going around for like three years ... well, guess I'm out of the loop because I hadn't heard about it until now. I'm ashamed of myself because Markus Zusak is one of my favorite authors in the world. So yeah, what's it about?It's about a boy.His name is Clay.He's building a bridge.And he wants that bridge to be something truly great and miraculous.... Well, thanks. Thanks Markus Zusak for giving us that incredibly specific and detailed summary of Apparently there have been rumors about this book going around for like three years ... well, guess I'm out of the loop because I hadn't heard about it until now. I'm ashamed of myself because Markus Zusak is one of my favorite authors in the world. So yeah, what's it about?It's about a boy.His name is Clay.He's building a bridge.And he wants that bridge to be something truly great and miraculous.... Well, thanks. Thanks Markus Zusak for giving us that incredibly specific and detailed summary of what the book is about. Thank you. Whatever, I'm sure it'll be amazing.Also apparently the publication of this book has been pushed back like a million times. But let's hope it actually comes out soon!
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  • TS
    January 1, 1970
    when this comes out, it better be THE BOOK THIEF good and not I AM THE MESSENGER disappointingI have faith in you Markus Zusak 🙏
  • Warda
    January 1, 1970
    About fuckin time!!! SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS NEWS! And it sounds beautifully heart-wrenching.
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    I still have no idea when this is actually being published but it's Markus Zusak, the guy who wrote my favourite book and who I generally worship. So I'm willing to wait because I know it will be amazing. Unless another year goes by without hearing anything - I might not be so patient. Seriously though, I really want this book.
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  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    Update September 29, 2014:i've been waiting for this book for 2 years. what the hell. *crying face*This book cannot come quick enough.
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    January 1, 1970
    I won’t lie. I’m finding it really difficult to breath right now.
  • Allyce Cameron
    January 1, 1970
    Je-sus Christ. What a book. For anyone who was worried about this following up on that masterpiece The Book Thief, don’t be. It is amazing and beautiful and heart wrenching and a million other things that I can’t think of right now because I’m so overwhelmed. The first 50 pages or so were a bit confusing and hard to follow but once I got past that I was completely sucked in. Also a word of warning, find a nice private place for the ending, I read this on a plane and it pretty sure the man next t Je-sus Christ. What a book. For anyone who was worried about this following up on that masterpiece The Book Thief, don’t be. It is amazing and beautiful and heart wrenching and a million other things that I can’t think of right now because I’m so overwhelmed. The first 50 pages or so were a bit confusing and hard to follow but once I got past that I was completely sucked in. Also a word of warning, find a nice private place for the ending, I read this on a plane and it pretty sure the man next to me thought I was having some kind of breakdown I was sobbing so hard. Highly highly recommend. This is my favourite book of 2018 so far.
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  • Gaby (lookingatbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    It's safe to say, that I would never read a book about a guy building a bridge from clay. That sounds ridiculous. But because Marcus Zusak wrote it, I'll go to Barnes and Noble every day before the book releases. See if mine will have it early, so I can flaunt it in my friends faces. #logic
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  • hayden
    January 1, 1970
    OK, markus, this sounds amazing and all, and i understand that you wrote the book thief, but REALLY? 26 dollars? for a YA book?
  • Giovanna
    January 1, 1970
    ...okay, it's about a boy and a bridge. I got that like...a year ago. Now, when do I get to see/read this freaking bridge book?
  • DaNae
    January 1, 1970
    Some books are read, some are experienced. BRIDGE OF CLAY is less a story than a journey, one with a final destination, but to get there the reader travels in circles, inside, outside, forward and back. I became desperately invested in the five brothers. Often so concerned, even a little afraid to move forward. (Zusak is not sparing with his foreshadowing grenades). This is more a story of forgiveness than redemption. No one is asked to be more than they are. With the side-by-side jostling of th Some books are read, some are experienced. BRIDGE OF CLAY is less a story than a journey, one with a final destination, but to get there the reader travels in circles, inside, outside, forward and back. I became desperately invested in the five brothers. Often so concerned, even a little afraid to move forward. (Zusak is not sparing with his foreshadowing grenades). This is more a story of forgiveness than redemption. No one is asked to be more than they are. With the side-by-side jostling of the brothers there is just the right amount of support to keep them all standing. I have a feeling this will not be universally adored. It might seem self-indulgent and overly stylized, the language is decadent, unexpected and at times bludgeoning. I needed to keep Google on speed dial and found out more about the bridges of the world, Michelangelo, and the Australian racing circuit than I'd planned for my life. Not sure I'm better armed with this knowledge, but was happy to dig in. Finally, as a mother of boys I appreciated the truth that they can be loud, destructive, crude and even a bit rude and also be beautiful beings.
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  • Yusra ✨
    January 1, 1970
    so it’s coming out and I’m so unbearably happy, I love everything Zusak :) ME BEFORE THE DATE REVEAL - (I’m so annoying)okay so apparently this book was supposed 2 come out in 2011... and it’s scheduled for 2021??? Like r u kidding me rn? ARE YOU ?? 🤬 why can’t this man just write me some amazing books like fr 😑
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  • Becki
    January 1, 1970
    It’s finally happening guys!! I’m so happy for and proud of Markus finishing the novel, and so very excited to read more by my favourite author. It is going to be a special, beautiful book. October can’t come fast enough.
  • Holden
    January 1, 1970
    OHMIGOD MARKUS ZUSAK IS WRITING ANOTHER BOOK.*UPDATE* OHMIGOD MARKUS ZUSAK IS STILL WRITING ANOTHER BOOK, ACCORDING TO HIS TWITTER PAGE. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. He says it "might" be out in 2013. LIFE IS NOT FAIR.
  • Alexxei
    January 1, 1970
    When I heard Markus was working on a new book, I kinda went like this:But it's been so long and he still isn't done with it. Put me out of my misery, man, and give me this book!
  • Fatma
    January 1, 1970
    OH MY GOODNESS I AM SO EXCITED
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, is this book actually a thing? Or am I taking crazy pills? :(EDIT: I first shelved this book as to-read back in MARCH 2010. Eight years ago! That's how long I've been waiting for this! I'm overjoyed that there's actually a release date. I can't wait to finally read it.
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  • Hannah Wallace
    January 1, 1970
    ITS HAPPENING AHHHHHHHHH. ITS COMING OUT IN OCTOBER. OCTOBER
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    A remarkable story of migration, love, forgiveness and the bond between brothers. This is adult fiction that feels more YA than intended, due to the John Green-esque teen romance. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is difficult to read that jump from one tone to another without disrupting the overall story structure.In my opinion, the writing was at its best when focused on the camaraderie of the brothers and the building of the bridge done both literally and figuratively.EDIT: I’ve just A remarkable story of migration, love, forgiveness and the bond between brothers. This is adult fiction that feels more YA than intended, due to the John Green-esque teen romance. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is difficult to read that jump from one tone to another without disrupting the overall story structure.In my opinion, the writing was at its best when focused on the camaraderie of the brothers and the building of the bridge done both literally and figuratively.EDIT: I’ve just learned that this book is technically classed as YA. It certainly feels YA at times but I wouldn’t have pegged it as a YA novel (and I’m a big YA reader). Tone-wise, I would compare it to Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.
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  • Sara Grochowski
    January 1, 1970
    It's important to stay hydrated while reading this book because you're going to be crying all the tears.
  • Kristie
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting NY Times article about why it took Markus Zusak so long to write Bridge of Clay."It is a bigger novel than “The Book Thief,” it includes many more characters, and it uses a completely different sort of narrative voice, he said."
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I literally shelved this book ALMOST SEVEN YEARS AGO and we *finally* have a release date.
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