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Tampa by Alissa Nutting

  • Dec 10, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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*Health Warning - This book has been described as the 'Lolita' for the 21st Century so you may find some of the content of this book disturbing*

Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. She is attractive. She drives a red Corvette. Her husband, Ford, is rich, square-jawed and devoted to her. But Celeste has a secret. She has a singular sexual obsession - fourteen-year-old boys. It is a craving she pursues with sociopathic meticulousness and forethought.

Within weeks of her first term at a new school, Celeste has lured the charmingly modest Jack Patrick into her web - car rides after dark, rendezvous at Jack's house while his single father works the late shift, and body-slamming encounters in Celeste's empty classroom between periods. It is bliss.

Celeste must constantly confront the forces threatening their affair - the perpetual risk of exposure, Jack's father's own attraction to her, and the ticking clock as Jack leaves innocent boyhood behind. But the insatiable Celeste is remorseless. She deceives everyone, is close to no one and cares little for anything but her pleasure.

 

 


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Good to have more people attending. And thank you John for taking 50 Shades off my hands!

    December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, Amazon are offering £3 for Tampa as long as it is in good condition. Free postage labels provided. A recycling way that won't offend any Grannys in the charity shop!

    December 11, 2013

  • John M.

    Thank you to whoever gave me 50 Shades in the Secret Santa. It kept me up all night. Never before have I witnessed such scenes of torture, cruelty and brutality being visited upon the English language.

    December 11, 2013

  • Elizabeth Ann H.

    Although it wasn't a particularly favoured book, I enjoyed it and thought that the author had created a very compelling character.

    December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was fun I enjoyed it. What I expected.

    December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm really very sorry, but I've been unwell over the weekend and won't be able to make the meeting. I was looking forward to rejoining the group but it's not going to be possible this time. I hope you all have a great time.

    December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not sure on this book, not realy a Xmas read, I've not started yet, any initial thoughts from the group as to if worth a start? Be please to hear just some encouragment or not bother :)

    Mike

    November 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Mike - I struggled! Don't want to put you off but if you decide not to read it I don't think you will have missed anything. If we don't see you have a good Christmas.

      November 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ok thanks for advice, see you next time :-)

      December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Chantal
    That sounds a great idea. Will look out suitable read. See u Tuesday.Alysoun

    December 4, 2013

  • Chantal

    Hi Everyone

    As this is our last meet up before Christmas, I wondered whether anybody would want to take part in a Secret Santa with a slight twist? If you don't want to please don't feel pressurised into taking part.

    For those who will be at the meet up on Tuesday, my suggestion is that we all find a book that we have at home and no longer want, wrap it up and bring it on Tuesday. They can all then go into a sack to be picked out. That way there isn't any cost, it's free recycling and we may find we end up with authors that we've never read before.

    Some of us may still have some of the books lying around from earlier meet ups, that may interest some of the newer members and could be put into the sack. However, I would prefer not to get a copy of the End Specialist! - lol

    See you on Tuesday.

    December 4, 2013

  • Chantal

    Hi Everyone. Just a reminder that our next meet up is next Tuesday. We have a waitlist of 4, so if you aren't able to make it, please could I ask you to change your RSVP. It's very important that you change your RSVP, as non attendees who do not change their status will be taken out of the group. We have a few new members this month, welcome! Should you need to contact me my mobile number is[masked]

    December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am absolutely gutted I am having to pull out of this! I am having to work in london that day and wont make it back in time. I have already read the book too. Hope to meet everyone soon :(

    November 20, 2013

  • Chantal

    Hi Everyone. Please note change of date for this Meet Up, due to the clash with the Cheltenham Film Society, which I think some of us wanted to go to.

    August 7, 2013

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