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?
‘Once in a while a novel comes along that reminds me why I love to read:The Slap is such a book . . . Tsiolkas throws open a window on society, picks apart its flaws, embraces its contradictions and recognises its beauty, all the time asking the reader, Who 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
‘The Slap is nothing short of a tour de force, and it confirms Christos Tsiolkas’s reputation as one of the most significant contemporary storytellers at work today. . . Here is a novel of immense power and scope.’ COLM TOIBIN, author of Brooklyn
Winner of the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize, ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2009 and Overall Book of the Year 2009, ABA Book of the Year 2009, ALS Gold Medal 2009 and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2009