Author(s): Christos Tsiolkas
At a suburban barbecue one afternoon, a man slaps an unruly boy. The boy is not his own. It's a single act of violence, but the slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it.
Told through the eyes of eight of those present at the barbecue, this acclaimed bestseller is an unflinching interrogation of the life of the modern family. Poignant and provocative, The Slap makes us question the nature of commitment and happiness, compromise and truth. Whose side are you on?
'... wildly energetic and fearless, thrillingly about our lives now' - Helen Garner
'Whose side are you on? Honestly, one of the three or four truly great novels of the new millennium.' - John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
'... nothing short of a tour de force ... a novel of immense power and scope.' - Colm Toibin, author of Brooklyn
'A cool, calm, irresistible masterpiece.' - Chris Cleave, author of The Other Hand
Christos Tsiolkas is the author of Loaded, The Jesus Man and Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award. He won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal for The Slap. His most recent book is the collection of short stories, Barracuda.