I didn't finish this book. I didn't like the characters, didn't care what happened to them, and didn't want to waste any more time on the book.
It wasn't anything like I thought it would be, the actual slap is kind of a minor part. I felt like the premise was buried most of the time. It's mostly a bunch of character studies and a couple of them I really didn't like. There was one woman that I hated with a passion and couldn't wait for her chapter to end. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't great either, the people don't really have all that much to do with each other and their intersections are mostly minor. I had a little trouble with the Aussie slang because it seems as if each character is a different ethnicity and he uses a lot of slang terms (which may or may not be rude, I don't know) and it can be hard to know what he's actually referring to. For instance there's an Aborigine married to Muslim, an Indian married to a Greek, an Aussie married to a transplanted Brit, and he'll say things like "The wog said..." when they're all together. Well, which one is the wog?
It is fairly crude, with bold language and sex. A definite R rating.
Very strange book. Not at all what I expected. I disliked the characters immediately and this did not make it an easy ready. Don't waste your time.
Liked the way the book was written by viewpoint of different characters. Did not like how the characters never came together.
Also if you are offended by language this book is not for you!
Very disappointing! I heard the author on NPR's Diane Rehm Show reading from and talking about the book. It sounded interesting at the time, but I wish I had read the reader's reviews first. I won't finish this book, the language is offensive and crude, the characters are unlikeable, the story is weak. Life is too short to waste time reading this type of trash.