I loved this book! I became so involved with the lives of the five Dunbar and their parents that I didn’t want the 579 page-book to end. It was a bit hard to get into as the style is Zusak’s own – metaphorical and whimsical and occasionally allusional – but once you get past the first 70 pages it whizzes along.
The oldest brother Matthew is the narrator, but it is Clay who is at the heart of the story, linking the past with the present. All the brothers are instantly recognisable by their words and actions, but it is the smiling Clay of few words who is the link back to their beloved mother, Penelope, the teller of stories and the lynchpin of their lives. A wonderful read.