Tampa: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Jul 2, 2013 - Fiction - 272 pages

In Alissa Nutting’s novel Tampa, Celeste Price, a smoldering 26-year-old middle-school teacher in Florida, unrepentantly recounts her elaborate and sociopathically determined seduction of a 14-year-old student.
Celeste has chosen and lured the charmingly modest Jack Patrick into her web. Jack is enthralled and in awe of his eighth-grade teacher, and, most importantly, willing to accept Celeste’s terms for a secret relationship—car rides after dark, rendezvous at Jack’s house while his single father works the late shift, and body-slamming erotic encounters in Celeste’s empty classroom. In slaking her sexual thirst, Celeste Price is remorseless and deviously free of hesitation, a monstress of pure motivation. She deceives everyone, is close to no one, and cares little for anything but her pleasure.
Tampa is a sexually explicit, virtuosically satirical, American Psycho–esque rendering of a monstrously misplaced but undeterrable desire. Laced with black humor and crackling sexualized prose, Alissa Nutting’s Tampa is a grand, seriocomic examination of the want behind student / teacher affairs and a scorching literary debut.


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User Review  - asxz - LibraryThing

So, once you get that this is a clever commentary on society's discomfort with female sexuality ramped up to the Lolitas with lashings of underage rumpy-pumpy, you've pretty much understood the whole ... Read full review

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In her novel TAMPA, Alissa Nutting successfully portrays an interesting female character, one to be pitied as tragic. A cursory reading might give the impression that the novel is merely teen porn for ... Read full review


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About the author (2013)

Alissa Nutting is an assistant professor of English at Grinnell College. She is the author of the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, as well as the novel Tampa.

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