Bridge of Clay

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Bridge of Clay
Author Markus Zusak
Language English
Genre Fiction, teen novel
Publisher Doubleday

Bridge of Clay is a teen novel by Australian author Markus Zusak, to be published by Doubleday.[1]

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.[2][3] Zusak has been planning the book for over ten years.[4]

In an interview with The Guardian, Zusak made the following comments:[5]

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.

The book's release date was originally set for 1 September 2011 but has been postponed to an undisclosed date.

In March 2016 Zusak talked about his unfinished novel Bridge of Clay. He stated that the book was 90% finished but that, "... I’m a completely different person than the person who wrote The Book Thief. And this is also the scary thing—I’m a different person to the one who started Bridge of Clay eight, nine years ago ... I’ve got to get it done this year, or else I’ll probably finally have to set it aside."[6]


  1. ^ "Bridge of Clay". Goodreads. 
  2. ^ "Markus Zusak Interview". Mother Daughter Book Clug. 6 April 2009. Archived from the original on 30 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  3. ^ "Pump up the volumes - Books - Entertainment". 21 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  4. ^ "Australian writer Markus Zusak is already a literary sensation". 6 April 2006. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  5. ^ Kinson, Sarah (2008-03-28). "Why I write: Markus Zusak | Books |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  6. ^ ""The Book Thief 10 Years Later: Markus Zusak Reflects on His Iconic Novel 14 March 2016". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 

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