Category Archives: Alissa Nutting

4th July 2017 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Alissa Nutting
Made for Love
HarperCollins Ecco (US & CA: 4th July 2017)
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Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane – his extremely lifelike sex doll – as her roommates. Life with Hazel’s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She’s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life. For over a decade, Hazel put up with being veritably quarantined by Byron in the family compound, her every movement and vital sign tracked. But when he demands to wirelessly connect the two of them via brain chips in a first-ever human “mind-meld,” Hazel decides what was once merely irritating has become unbearable. The world she escapes into is a far cry from the dry and clinical bubble she’s been living in, a world populated with a whole host of deviant oddballs. As Hazel tries to carve out a new life for herself in this uncharted territory, Byron is using the most sophisticated tools at his disposal to find her and bring her home. His threats become more and more sinister, and Hazel is forced to take drastic measures in order to find a home of her own and free herself from Byron’s virtual clutches once and for all.

July 2017 Releases

Done with June 2017 Releases? Here are July 2017 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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7 New Covers (Harrison, Howrey, Kessler, Kneen, Lam, Nutting, Rollins)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Rachel Caine: STILLHOUSE LAKE: 27th June 2017: Buy (US)
Alexandra Duncan: BLIGHT: 1st August 2017: Buy (US)
Mira Grant: FEEDBACK (paperback): 30th May 2017: Buy (US)
Kate Kessler: THREE STRIKES: 11th July 2017: Buy (US)
Katie Khan: HOLD BACK THE STARS: 23rd May 2017: Buy (US)
Katharine McGee: THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR (paperback): 25th July 2017: Buy (US)
Stephenie Meyer: THE CHEMIST (paperback): 11th July 2017: Buy (US)
An Na: THE PLACE BETWEEN BREATHS: 5th September 2017: Buy (US)
Alissa Nutting: MADE FOR LOVE: 4th July 2017: Buy (US)
Caragh M. O’Brien: THE RULE OF MIRRORS (paperback): 11th July 2017: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: BRAVE NEW GIRL: 9th May 2017: Buy (US)
Mary Weber: THE EVAPORATION OF SOFI SNOW: 6th June 2017: Buy (US)

[REVIEW] Tampa – Alissa Nutting

Alissa Nutting
Tampa
HarperCollins Ecco (CA: 24th June 2013; US: 2nd July 2013); Faber (UK & AU: 1st August 2013)
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Youth can’t be maintained forever. This theme has been done often enough in fiction, referring to the lead character. Alissa Nutting’s Tampa subverts this by introducing a narrator who tries to maintain her lovers’ youth. Celeste Price is a twenty-six-year-old teacher of high school English. Her preferred lovers are fourteen-year-old male students.

This is not a romance, nor presented as one. Instead, it’s a tale of psychological suspense, even a crime thriller – you know something bad will go down, but how is less certain.

Celeste’s voice grips right away, and though one can’t condone her perversion, she’s a great teacher, really engaging the classes in the core texts. And though she initially does it for selfish reasons, she seems to care about a fellow teacher’s wellbeing. She’s not the type of person to have friends, but Janet is the closest.

Tampa is a sordid tale with a sharp voice and strong narrator. Celeste Price is a fully-formed anti-hero, who’s as smart, funny, and just plain interesting as she is depraved. Tampa may be marketed as literary fiction, but it’s a modern noir with a particularly memorable femme fatale. I’m so looking forward to whatever Alissa Nutting writes next.