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ISBN13: 9780062280541
ISBN10: 0062280546
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universalmusiq, October 6, 2013 (view all comments by universalmusiq)
While I don't like the character of Celeste Price the effectiveness of Alissa Nutting's writing and the way in which she really puts the reader into Celeste's world and most importantly her desires is very well done. Celeste is not completely heartless she's just selfish as hell. And when I can actually feel bad for this narrator, a pedophile, when she has to have sex with an older gross man to maintain her secret passions and the deep disgust she has for it reflects the convincing nature of Nutting's writing in TAMPA.

For some people this book will be cringe-worthy. Very much so. The sex scenes are graphic and Celeste's desires are palpable.

There are caricatures of course, particularly in the fact that it seems EVERY grown man has an interest in Celeste and no one is not susceptible to her wily ways so it works in her favor which doesn't seem that realistic but is not wholly unrealistic at the same time. I think Jack was well illustrated and Nutting did show his growth and change in the ups and downs of this "relationship." I feel for that boy severely. Poor thing.

Celeste doesn't necessarily learn anything and is a victim (sort of) of her own salacious desires that overwhelm and encompass her wholly. The fear of not fulfilling her wants may be her downfall and her realization that her physical beauty has a shelf life is realistic and absolutely cutting.
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Kayla Perry, July 20, 2013 (view all comments by Kayla Perry)
I liked this book precisely because I hated it so much. The main character is a dreadful, vile human being with no compunction about manipulating people to her own selfish ends. At the end of the book I loathed her entirely; getting the opportunity to love hating a character is always satisfying.
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Nutting, Alissa
Erotica - General
Literature-A to Z
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Product details 272 pages Ecco Press - English 9780062280541 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Nutting's pedophile novel is cringe-inducing in its subject matter but somehow seductive like a modern-day Lolita. Sometimes it was laugh-out-loud funny and way more graphic than I expected. This book will get talked about and make many folks uncomfortable for a long time. But Nutting is a firecracker of a writer and truly turns risky writing into an art form here.

"Staff Pick" by ,

This blistering excavation of the mind of a pedophile is absolutely riveting. Celeste Price becomes a teacher and carefully arranges her life in order to continuously have a fresh supply of young boys on hand. Her entire life revolves around her anticipatory, and then eventual, conquests, and her introspection never once goes beyond her insatiable libido.

Her stunning physical beauty seems to deflect the accusations that are eventually directed her way, and Tampa morphs into a damning commentary on the worth of females based solely on their appearance. She can't possibly be that beautiful and be "bad," can she? Nutting somehow manages to make sure that her readers are both attracted to, and repulsed by, Celeste, and provides one hell of a wild ride. Excellent!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Nutting's graphic first novel (after her story collection, Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls), soon-to-be eighth-grade English teacher Celeste Price can barely contain her excitement about her adolescent boys; the 26-year-old passes the night 'in an excited loop of hushed masturbation' while her good-looking but dull-witted husband slumbers. Celeste's mind is as pragmatic as her body is luscious, and her patience ('I had to regard the students like a delicate art exhibit and stay six feet away at all times, lest I be tempted to touch') pays off. Before long, she coaxes shy Jack into what becomes the first of many liaisons. Unlike American Psycho's Patrick Bateman, Celeste is aware of her depravity — she fears that were she to work as a model, as some suggest, photos would capture 'a soulless pervert' — but she indulges anyway. Her bold choice of meeting Jack at his house after school leads to unsurprising complications, as does the boy's budding love. When Celeste's usual caution erodes, all might be lost were this young woman not lover and fighter both. Nutting's work creates a solid impression of Celeste's psychopathic nature but, unlike the much richer Lolita, leaves the reader feeling empty. Agent: Jim Rutman, Sterling Lord Literistic. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “A highly diverting read....Ms. Nutting lands it.”
"Review" by , “Impeccably written, full of smart cultural observations, and no small amount of wit....A very bold book.”
"Review" by , “The writing is often excellent, hilariously dark, and mean….Reading about [Celeste] was honestly disturbing and fun.”
"Review" by , "It's as riveting as it is disturbing.”
"Review" by , “In this sly and salacious work, Nutting forces us to take a long, unflinching look at a deeply disturbed mind, and more significantly, at society's often troubling relationship with female beauty.”
"Review" by , “A work of serious ambition, both literary and moral. Its also laced with dark, sometimes savage humor and juicy riffs on consumer culture and its twin obsessions, youth and beauty.”
"Review" by , Tampa is one of the most shocking books I have read; its also one of the most mesmerizing and surprising. Alissa Nutting has written a stunning, brutal book.”
"Review" by , “A deliriously enjoyable, absolutely shocking book — a morality tale that tempts and taunts readers to succumb to every kind of immorality.”
"Review" by , “Smart and biting.”
"Review" by , “A brilliant commentary on sex and society.”
"Review" by , Tampa takes on a very serious and disturbing subject with such flair and dark humor and bawdy sexual energy that Nutting is sure to become a member in the small club of authors who turns risky writing into high art.”
"Synopsis" by , Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. She's undeniably attractive. She drives a red Corvette with tinted windows. Her husband, Ford, is rich, square-jawed, and devoted to her.

But Celeste's devotion lies elsewhere. She has a singular sexual obsession — fourteen-year-old boys. Celeste pursues her craving with sociopathic meticulousness and forethought; her sole purpose in becoming a teacher is to fulfill her passion and provide her access to her compulsion. As the novel opens, fall semester at Jefferson Jr. High is beginning.

In mere weeks, Celeste has chosen and lured the lusciously naive Jack Patrick into her web. Jack is enthralled and in awe of his teacher, and, most important, willing to accept Celeste's terms for a secret relationship — car rides after school; rendezvous at Jack's house while his single father works late; body-slamming encounters in Celeste's empty classroom between periods.

Ever mindful of the danger — the perpetual risk of exposure, Jack's father's own attraction to her, and the ticking clock as Jack leaves innocent boyhood behind — the hyperbolically insatiable Celeste bypasses each hurdle with swift thinking and shameless determination, even when the solutions involve greater misdeeds than the affair itself. In slaking her sexual thirst, Celeste Price is remorseless and deviously free of hesitation, a monstress driven by pure motivation. She deceives everyone, and cares nothing for anyone or anything but her own pleasure.

With crackling, rampantly unadulterated prose, Tampa is a grand, uncompromising, seriocomic examination of want and a scorching literary debut.

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