Episode 192 — Alissa Nutting

   

Alissa Nutting is the guest. Her debut novel, Tampa, is now available from Ecco.

Time magazine calls it

A gutsy attempt by a young, female author to embody a wholly unsympathetic female narrator and probe the question of whether society lets women essentially get away with crimes for which men are excoriated.

And Salon says

It may be the summer’s best beach read — that is, if you ditch the disconcertingly woolly black velour dust jacket, and make sure your kids aren’t peeking over your shoulder. …Beyond mere titillation, Tampa gets at fundamental questions: What are the limits of reader empathy? If an individual we’d view as an unrepentant criminal explains her twisted thought process, are we complicit if we keep reading? And is an adult woman seducing a young male student — with its air of ‘hot for teacher’ fantasy — meaningfully different from male pedophilia?

Monologue topics:  listener feedback, closing thoughts on the ‘lovely and talented’ debate.