Tampa (Paperback)

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Celeste is the new middle school teacher.  She's young, attractive and charming--and she knows it.  In fact, she carefully manipulates her classroom environment to use these qualities to exploit her male students.  Here is a well-written novel about abuse and statutory rape.  Thought-provoking, timely, and important.

— From Sarah

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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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062280589
ISBN-10: 0062280589
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Date: March 4th, 2014
Pages: 266
Language: English