Alissa Nutting


An Interview with Alissa Nutting, by Julienne Grey

Alissa Nutting’s work has the power to cauterize and charm. While her award-winning short story collection, Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, set the tone for her prowess as an artful provocateur, the release of her acclaimed debut novel, Tampa, is further testamentto her mastery.

In Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, each story explores an unusual occupation. From the woman having a love affair with a panda to the woman in Hell who grows breasts that spray venom, Nutting delves into the absurdities, impossibilities, and dangers of womanhood.

With Tampa, Nutting goes even further. Tampa follows a young, beautiful teacher—who is also a sociopathic pedophile—as she preys on her teenage male students. Yet Nutting makes the story as surprisingly funny as it is brutal. Wielding expert humor, Nutting skewers the double standard that suggests that a gorgeous woman can never be a monstrous predator.

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