The must-read novel of the summer. --Guardian
Honestly, one of the three or four truly great novels of the new millennium. --John Boyne
The Slap is nothing short of a tour de force. --Colm Tóibín
At a suburban barbecue one afternoon, a man slaps an unruly boy.
The boy is not his son.
It is a single act of violence, but the slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it happen.
Christos Tsiolkas presents the impact of this apparently minor domestic incident through the eyes of eight of those who witness it. The result is an unflinching interrogation of the life of the modern family, a deeply thought-provoking novel about boundaries and their limits