Monday, September 23, 2013

Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Tampa
by Alissa Nutting

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Published: July 2013
Publisher: Ecco
Genre: Thriller, Women's Fiction
Hardback: 272 pages
Rating: 5

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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.


My two-bits:
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Although a controversial and disturbing read, this book will give the perspective of such a psycho mind. You won't necessarily feel sympathy for the main character, but at least get where she's coming from.

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7 comments:

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    It sounds so unsettling, but written very well. I read an article by Megan Abbott not too long ago that talked about this book and mentioned another promising novel from a few years back called "Miami Purity" by Vicki Hendricks. I have that on my wish list, too. :)

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