"This big, expansive novel is a leisurely working out of fate, of seemingly chance encounters and events that ultimately touch, like dominoes as they collide. The writing is elegant, philosophical and moving. Even at its length, it's a work to read slowly and savor. Beautiful and important."Zusak, Markus is the author of 'Book Thief ', published 2006 under ISBN 9780375831003 and ISBN 0375831002.