By Dr. Derek Nikitas, Director, Bluegrass Writers Studio
Alissa Nutting’s Tampa is arguably the most controversial book of 2013. Surely it takes the number one slot on Santa’s naughty list. It’s NC-17 enough to make Anaïs Nin put her fingers to her pursed lips, but the real threat of Tampa is the voice of its female-predator narrator, Celeste Price. It’s how Celeste bites down on American culture, chews it up, and spits it back in our faces.
How can you resist an experience like that?
Tampa is the story of a middle school teacher in her late twenties whose two obsessions in life are maintaining her youth/beauty and bedding teenage boys. Her story, in her own unflinching words, is equal parts enthralling and disturbing, funny and sick, honest and deceptive.