The Slap: Christos Tsiolkas
Genre: Australian literature
Comments: Lauded by the Australian (Melbourne) literati, The Slap uses the starting point of a suburban BBQ where a man slaps a bratty and misbehaving kid that is not his own to explore the the varied and multicultural lives and families of all the participants, all of whom live in northern inner city Melbourne. He creates extremely real and believable - but not particularly likeable characters. It's hard to say what the point of the book is all about but I found myself thinking about all the characters as if they were real people for many days afterwards.