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"The Starboard Sea is a touching, beautiful and deeply wise novel, a hymn to the bittersweet glories of youth. You will be enthralled." —Justin Cronin, New York Times bestselling author of The Passage
"In this affecting debut novel, Amber Dermont reveals herself as a writer of striking and abundant talent, sounding the depths of her narrator through his actions, yes, but even more so through the rhythms of his mind, so that you truly feel as if you are inhabiting his life along with him." —Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Illumination and The Brief History of the Dead
"The Starboard Sea is a moving story of a young man coming to terms with who he is and what he has done. Dermont creates a powerfully real world. The sailing scenes are breathtaking, and the characters are complex and fully imagined. This is the debut of an enormously gifted writer." —Robert Boswell, author of The Heyday of Insensitive Bastards and Century’s Son
"Amber Dermont’s beautiful first novel explores just what it should: the dangers and joys of emergence into adulthood. Dermont has an extraordinarily observant eye and an elegant voice, and she illuminates particular aspects of her world—sailing, gender, class—with intelligence and compassion. Brava for this impressive debut." —Roxana Robinson, author of Cost and Sweetwater
AMBER DERMONT received her MFA in fiction from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including Dave Eggers’s Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005, Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All-Story, and Jane Smiley’s Best New American Voices 2006. A graduate of Vassar College, she received her Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston. She currently serves as an associate professor of English and creative writing at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia and is also the author of the story collection Damage Control.
I thought the book was well-written and the author has a clear sense of sailing and the sea, as well as prep-school life. I like that it was set in 1987-88, because that's my era. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mel
I enjoyed this story. Growing up in the 80's and around preps and being one I found the characters and descriptions authentic and engaging.Published 2 months ago by Tennis Girl
I bought The Starboard Sea when it was first released in February, 2012 but it landed in my TBR stack - which is no shame, there are hundreds there - and I kept picking it up but... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Charles W Smith
An amazing book.
When I first picked it up, I had reservations about spending time with the offspring of the 1%. Read more
I'm giving this book one star because of the effort. Who cares about these people? It's all been done before, only better. The deaths of Cal and Aiden are pure manipulation. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
This came highly recommended, as I was reading The Art of Fielding, and it just didn't stand up. I didn't even finish it.Published 5 months ago by J. Goins
Loved this book. It made you think. VERY realistic of today's generation - self centered, yet thoughtful and exploratory. One of the best I've read in a long time. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JT Atlanta
The subject matter and main character was interesting to me, as well as the geographical area.I enjoyed it. (adult female)Published 6 months ago by Lynn D. Roberts