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?
Now a major ABC TV series, prepare for The Slap to be the thing everyone's talking about - again!
'. wildly energetic and fearless, thrillingly about our lives now' - Helen Garner
'Whose 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
'. nothing short of a tour de force . a novel of immense power and scope.' - Colm Toibin, author of Brooklyn
'A cool, calm, irresistible masterpiece.' - Chris Cleave, author of The Other Hand
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