At a suburban barbecue one afternoon, a man slaps an unruly three-year-old boy.
The boy is not his son.
It is a single act of violence, but the slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it.
Christos Tsiolkas presents the impact of this apparently minor domestic incident through the eyes of eight characters. The result is an unflinching interrogation of the modern family, a deeply thought-provoking novel of boundaries and their limits…