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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
31 THE SLAP CHRISTOS TSIOLKAS The Slap centres around an event at a suburban barbecue where an adult slaps a misbehaving child that isn't his own. This event has a spiralling effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the event. The fallout from this event is seen through the eyes of eight different characters, all of whom have a history. Friendships break, couples question their relationship and the reader gets a unique insight into contemporary multicultural Melbourne. Christos Tsiolkas explores the intensity that parenting and family life evokes, and this haunting novel makes an excellent book club read, raising a multitude of questions surrounding morality, love, family and relationships. Winner of the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book