This uncompromising, scalding debut from Alissa Nutting follows Celeste Price, an insatiable sociopath who becomes a middle-school teacher with the sole purpose of seducing her adolescent male students.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…