Damage Control by Amber Dermont
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We don’t need directions; as our guide to these stories we can simply rely on Dermont’s desirous, tender driver of a narrator.
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"Dermont's short story collection, which follows her debut novel (The Starboard Sea, 2012), demonstrates the author's versatility and sardonic humor…Dermont delivers strong prose and intriguing characters who frequently defy stereotypical ideals…the overall effect is a tight collection that takes the reader in unexpected, often disconcerting, directions. Full of irony and contradictions, this compilation of contemporary short stories is a worthwhile effort."–Kirkus Reviews

A luminous collection of short stories focusing on privilege and entitlement, from the bestselling author of The Starboard Sea

Damage Control displays Amber Dermont's remarkable gift for portraying characters at crossroads. In "Lyndon," a daughter visits presidential landmarks following the death of her father. In "Damage Control," a young man works at an etiquette school while his girlfriend is indicted for embezzlement. A widow rents herself to elderly women and vacations with them as a "professional grandchild" in "Stella at the Winter Palace." And in "The Language of Martyrs" a couple houses a mail order bride on behalf of the husband's Russian mother.

Dermont's stories have previously been published in many literary magazines and have also been featured in anthologies edited by Jane Smiley and Dave Eggers. Damage Control includes three previously unpublished pieces.

 

About Amber Dermont

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AMBER DERMONT received her MFA in Fiction from The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she held the prestigious Teaching-Writing Fellowship. Her short stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Crazyhorse, and Zoetrope: All-Story among others. A graduate of Vassar College, she received her Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. She is currently an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.
 
Published March 26, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 305 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Caitlin Macy on Mar 22 2013

We don’t need directions; as our guide to these stories we can simply rely on Dermont’s desirous, tender driver of a narrator.

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Reviewed by Sam Sacks on Mar 29 2013

...it's hard to laugh at people who are already laughing at themselves, and Ms. Dermont's characters win us over with their stoic, even bemused, acceptance of disaster and abasement.

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