Australian author Christos Tsiolkas received worldwide attention for his best-selling novel "The Slap" not only for its literary quality but also for what many took to be a misogynistic viewpoint. He follows "The Slap" (soon to be a TV miniseries on NBC) with another gripping story, albeit less controversial, the novel "Barracuda." Here's what it's about.
"The Slap," written by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas, became a surprising word-of-mouth success this year and even landed on Britain's 2010 Man Booker Longlist. Many think the book is too offensive for such recognition. I wanted to find out why.
I've returned from a hiking trip in Utah's Zion and Bryce National Parks. On the journey, I met Kindle readers passionate about their beloved e-reader, yet print books held the majority when it came to what travelers were carrying.
Last year at this time Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" was among the Baker's Dozen of longlisted candidates for the Booker prize she eventually won. This year, who will take the prize? I'm not hearing a buzz yet for one among these 13. Except about "The Slap." Some say it's too offensive to even be listed.