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… (more)

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Editorial reviews (5 reviews)

It’s not unlike hearing a teenager on a long bus journey tell inflated lies about what they’ve been up to in bed.

By the end of 'Tampa' the various arrangements of limbs and orifices have become fatiguing, any outrage long having dissipated.

This should be a book with many sharp teeth, not a hedge against another cable-TV-style apologia for the archetypal female sex offender that is dismissive of the real violence being perpetrated. Tampa is a trap door out of this story, but it opens into a well.

Book Details  

Publisher: Ecco (July 02, 2013)

Language: English

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