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The Slap

by Tsiolkas, Christos

Condition: Very Good


Toronto: HarperCollins, 2008 "At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own. This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the event. In this remarkable novel, Christos Tsiolkas turns his unflinching and all-seeing eye on to that which connects us all: the modern family and domestic life in the twenty-first century. The Slap is told from the points of view of eight people who were present at the barbecue. The slap and its consequences force them all to question their own families and the way they live, their expectations, beliefs and desires. What unfolds is a powerful, haunting novel about love, sex and marriage, parenting and children, and the fury and intensity - all the passions and conflicting beliefs - that family can arouse." [Previous owner's name on ffep]. 1st Can Ed.. French Wraps. Very Good.

Read Christos Tsiolkas's blogs on the Penguin Community. Read a review of The Slap on WorldNews.tk. Read a review of The Slap on Timesonline.co.uk. In this powerful and riveting novel, literary phenomenon Christos Tsiolkas unflinchingly exposes the inner- workings of domestic life, friendship and parenthood in the twenty-first century, and reminds us of the passions and malice that family loyalty can provoke. When a man slaps another couple’s child at a neighborhood barbecue, the event send unforeseeable shockwaves through the lives of all who are witness to it. Told from the points of view of eight people who were present, The Slap shows how a single action can change the way people think about how they live, what they want, and what they believe forever. “Tsiolkas is a hard-edged, powerful writer….The novel transcends both suburban Melbourne and the Australian continent, leaving us exhausted but gasping with admiration.” –Washington Post “This astute exploration of suburban aspirations and failings . . . . vividly demonstrates the wide-ranging effects of a single moment’s rash decision. . . . Beyond simply igniting the plot, the fateful slap draws attention to generational and philosophical differences regarding family life and the complex political, social, and ethnic milieu of contemporary Australia.” —Publishers Weekly “Radiates with vitality as it depicts the messy complications of family life.” –Booklist “Complex and multilayered. …intertwined lives and slowly revealed connections make for a singular reading experience.” –Library Journal “Wildly energetic and fearless, thrillingly about our lives now.” – Helen Garner, author of The Spare Room “A gripping suburban fable.” – Men’s Style “Strikingly tender . . . it claws into you with its freshness and truth.”—Sydney Morning Herald




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