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The wisdom of The Slap

By Tom Streithorst  

Tsioklas fourth novel explores the reverberations of a slap at a surburban barbeque

Christos Tsiolkas is gay, Australian, 44 years old. As far as I know, he has no children but his most recent novel, The Slap (Tuskar Rock), is the most profound book I have read in years on the indignities and satisfactions of family life. It is a rollicking tale filled with wisdom, told from the various perspectives of a wife-beating entrepreneur, an unmarried soap opera writer, a hippie…

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