Tampa: A Novel by Alissa Nutting

Tampa: A Novel

byAlissa Nutting

Paperback | March 4, 2014

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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.

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Alissa Nutting is an assistant professor of creative writing at John Carroll University. She is the author of the award-winning collection of storiesUnclean Jobs for Women and Girls. Her work has appeared in theNew York Times;O, The Oprah Magazine;Tin House;Fence; andBomb, among other venues. This is her first novel. She lives in Ohio.
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Title:Tampa: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:March 4, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062280589

ISBN - 13:9780062280589

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“TAMPA is one of the most shocking books I have read; it’s also one of the most mesmerizing and surprising. I expected to be disturbed, even appalled; what I did not expect in this story of a female teacher fixated on 14-year-old boys was lyricism and black humor.”