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A notorious book that’s been going the rounds around bookgroups – what happens if someone slaps someone else’s child at a barbeque?  The repercussions of this event reverberate through a friendship/kinship group which represents a handily wide range of Australian ethnicities and experiences.  So far so good, but unfortunately, although it’s written from 8 different viewpoints, the narrative voices of all but the Greek grandfather (and perhaps the last teenager) are too undifferentiated, and the narratives are full of swearing (which I don’t mind, although some will – but the same way of swearing for all these different people?) and rather tedious and misogynistic sex scenes, which I have to admit did put me off a bit.