TT and Man Booker Longlist Three: The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

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Teaser Tuesday and Man Booker Longlist, Part Three

Today's selection:
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas plus giveaway of The Slap for review. Just comment and I'll let you know if you won.

First selection was Room by Emma Donoghue and second selection was Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

First lines of The Slap


"His eyes still shut, a dream dissolving and already impossible to recall, Hector's hand sluggishly reached across the bed. Good. Aish was up. He let out a victorious fart, burying his face deep into the pillow the escape the clammy methane stink. I don't want to sleep in a boy's locker room, Aisha would always complain on the rare, inadvertent moments when he forgot himself in front of her."

Publisher summary
The SlapIn this powerful and riveting novel, literary phenomenon Christos Tsiolkas unflinchingly exposes the inner-workings of domestic life, friendship and parenthood in the twenty-first century, and reminds us of the passions and malice that family loyalty can provoke.

When a man slaps another couple’s child at a neighborhood barbecue, the event send unforeseeable shockwaves through the lives of all who are witness to it.

Told from the points of view of eight people who were present, The Slap shows how a single action can change the way people think about how they live, what they want, and what they believe forever.

Tsiolkas is a hard-edged, powerful writer….The novel transcends both suburban Melbourne and the Australian continent, leaving us exhausted but gasping with admiration.” –Washington Post

“This astute exploration of suburban aspirations and failings . . . . vividly demonstrates the wide-ranging effects of a single moment’s rash decision. . . . Beyond simply igniting the plot, the fateful slap draws attention to generational and philosophical differences regarding family life and the complex political, social, and ethnic milieu of contemporary Australia.” —Publishers Weekly

“Radiates with vitality as it depicts the messy complications of family life.” –Booklist

Reading Group Alert -- family, culture, social issues, relationships. great conversation starters.

Christos Tsiolkas is an award-winning novelist, playwright, essayist, and screenwriter. His fiction has won numerous prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers Award, The Age Fiction Prize, and the Melbourne Best Writing Award. The Slap is his first book published in the US.

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading What is your TT, today?

A comment, with or without a Teaser, will enter you in the The Slap giveaway. Giveaway closes Aug. 27. Thanks to Penguin Books for providing this copy.

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oh wow what a teaser that is! this book sounds like it could be from just about any suburban neighborhood from around the world. we've all had moments when we've looked at someone else's child, whether a neighbor, a person in the grocery store or a restaurant and thought 'that child just needs some discipline;' - perhaps not a slap, i don't know yet the circumstances behind the slap but oh gosh i'd love to win this book and share it with my book club and blog friends and readers! thank you for sharing such a fantastic read with us!


Sounds very thought provoking. I hadn't heard of it before. I agree that it seems fitting for a group to read. Thanks for visiting my teaser yesterday!

On my Wishlist

I want to read this one but agree sounds like a great debate discussion for a book club. Another blogger wrote a review on it today.

Excellent Teaser

I've picked up a couple of books from the long-list for my book pile, but didn't quite fancy The Slap.

Your teaser has changed my mind. It sounds interesting.

My teaser here: Time Traveler's Wife

The Slap

Who in this world hasn't wanted to discipline someone else's child? My grandmother used to tell me how her whole neighborhood would discipline each others children or at the very least tell her parents if she was misbehaving. Teachers today are afraid to hug a student for dear of being accused of something.
I could go on but agree this sure would make for a great book club discussion.

The Slap

This book sounds like a book that I would hate, and that would make me mad, and, therefore, it would be an excellent book for a group discussion.