"Book lovers never go to bed alone"
The slap is the latest novel by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas. The plot centres around a group of families attending a suburban barbeque when one of the adults slaps someone elses child. What happens next is told from the different perspectives of eight of the adults present and delves into their own histories, cultures, secrets and family lives. Parts of the novel are quite graphic and violent in nature and it deals quite openly with all the character's dirty laundry. At times the language and descriptions are pretty full on which reminded me of Loaded- the only other work I have read by Tsiolkas. Loaded is the novel on which the nineties film Head On was based, and follows Ari a young Greek gay man in inner city Melbourne.