Alissa Nutting's debut novel Tampa is a fast-paced, captivating read on a controversial subject.
Basically, Tampa about Celeste Price - 8th grade teacher and paedophile. Tampa was published in August just this year and reviewers are hailing Celeste as the modern female counterpart of Nabakov's Humbert Humbert.
After only a couple of sittings, I'm 3 / 4ths in and utterly enthralled. I feel like the writing itself is invisible, allowing the racing plot to hold its own. It feels completely unselfconscious.
I have found the reading process to be effortless. While my moral conscience sends up warning flares every few chapters, I can do nothing to resist the slow, painless suck of the story.
I think people expect books like Tampa to challenge conceptions of right and wrong. However, what this novel details is so obviously wrong - legally and morally - that it makes me wonder if insisting on a grey area is actually the point of it at all... I guess it still remains to be seen.
Regardless of the topic, Alissa Nutting has written a book that is utterly readable and nothing can dampen my enjoyment of it. It's a book I look forward to discussing and arguing about.