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Jul 05, 2010 at 04:51 PM

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 onto 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. In its clear-eyed and forensic dissection of the ever-growing middle class and its aspirations and fears, The Slap is also a poignant, provocative novel about the nature of loyalty and happiness, compromise and truth.

Among his memorable characters is Richie, a teenager who is delicately, and often awkwardly, feeling his way through the process of coming out.

Christos is himself gay, and this terrific profile in
The Times (UK) http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk tells the story of how he came out to his traditional Greek parents as well as the adorable story about meeting his partner of 25 years--they were college roommates and have been together ever since.

Praise for

THE SLAP

By Christos Tsiolkas

(A Penguin Paperback Original; ISBN: 978-0-14-311714-8; $15; On-sale: April 27, 2010):

“Tsiolkas is a hard-edged, powerful writer . . . [THE SLAP] transcends both suburban Melbourne and the Australian continent, leaving us exhausted, but gasping with admiration.”

The Washington Post

THE SLAP tells a layered, briskly paced story about complex people. Think Tom Wolfe meets Philip Roth. Or “The Sopranos” meets “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”

Los Angeles Times

“I
ngenious and passionate…a poignant and moving treatise on the changing nature of the world.”

The Independent

“Riveting from beginning to end.”

Jane Smiley, author of A Thousand Acres


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