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The Starboard Sea: A Novel Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 28, 2012
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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 has conjured up a preppy hall of mirrors, filled with hauntingly complex characters, grand houses and borrowed art, privilege and paybacks, and friendship touched with malice. The Starboard Sea blends propulsive mystery, lost love, and mournful coming of age into something layered, wise, and completely riveting." —Michelle Wildgen, author of But Not For Long and You’re Not You
About the Author
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.
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It leads the reader through Jason's mind as he deals with his own problems and comes to live with the choices made. It also is a nice look at private school life in the 1980's. There are parties and more money than these young kids know how to handle.
Dermont's writing is good and worthwhile to read but some of the plot lines could be stronger. It would have received a five star if those were better handled it felt like some plot lines just dropped suddenly with no explanation.
This would be a good book for someone wanting to see how preppy people in the 80's delay with problems or just wanting a good look into prep school life. I would recommend to other readers.
The story is of WASPs, old money, coming of age, sailing and a type of culture that I am not that interested in. Perhaps if I was more attuned to the author's story, I would have appreciated the story more. As it is, I found it to be rather burdensome and slow.
Every scene about sailing, being on the ocean or just next to it, regatta racing and the detailed descriptions of how the ropes and notes are so very important in the art of sailing DREW me in - deep - and I felt like I was right there, with Jason, navigating the winds and the waters, escaping in the ever-so-meditative feel of the mesmerizing Ocean. I wanted to learn from him, ask him more questions about sailing and the stars and be right next to him learning every step of the way, as I too counted the wind and the waves- becoming one with the ocean.
What I didn't like is that Jason and many of the other characters slightly trivialized so many major events in life...Love, Death, Bonding with others, Feelings, Consequences, Wealth, Status, etc. I think as an author you can choose to trivialize some events...but not all. To me, it left the story a little shallow and I wanted Deeper! like the ocean...
Thank you, Amber Dermont, for this beautiful tragic story... It truly inspired me...so much that a few weeks after reading this, we hired a captain and took our two teens sailing on the Pacific Ocean. A book and vacation I won't soon forget.
(Loved a fictional place where kids who have made bad choices
can come together to mess with one another!)
Great story and plot, interesting characters, well-written, good
timing, just an overall great read!