Written by:
Alissa Nutting
Narrated by:
Kathleen McInerney

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2013
8 hours 22 minutes
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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sarah f

If you are interested in reading about other women's fantasies, then this book is perfect for you. Narrator did a great job

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Kate H

Warning, may be a book choice for reading but not for an audiobook. I wish I had known ahead of time how much was graphic detail of a female pedophile and her acts of sexual gratification. If you listen to your audio book in the proximity of others you may want to know. Story was an interesting concept and after listening to the first couple of chapters and figuring out it wasn't going to get any less graphic, I skipped to the end to see that there was some resolution for the main character, who is hard to feel any empathy for. It was a difficult not to think of my own 14-year-old grandson getting caught in the snare of a crazy person and in the end there wasn't any real attempt to keep this person from re-offending.

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Jamie-Lee Fraser

Pretty intense book. I can't say I loved it because the subject matter was so restricted but it was interesting. Interesting to read something from the perspective of the predictor instead of the victim's point of view.

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