The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont
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It is a rich, quietly artful novel that is bound for deep water, with questions of beauty, power and spiritual navigation as its main concerns.
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"A rich, quietly artful novel that is bound for deep water, with questions of beauty, power and spiritual navigation as its main concerns. The title refers not to the right side of a boat but to the right course through life, and the immense difficulty of finding and following it."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times

A powerful first novel about life and death, friendship and love, as one young man must navigate the depths of his emotions.

JASON PROSPER grew up in the elite world of Manhattan penthouses, Maine summer estates, old-boy prep schools, and exclusive sailing clubs. A smart, athletic teenager, Jason maintains a healthy, humorous disdain for the trappings of affluence, preferring to spend afternoons sailing with Cal, his best friend and boarding-school roommate. When Cal commits suicide during their junior year at Kensington Prep, Jason is devastated by the loss and transfers to Bellingham Academy. There, he meets Aidan, a fellow student with her own troubled past. They embark on a tender, awkward, deeply emotional relationship.
When a major hurricane hits the New England coast, the destruction it causes brings with it another upheaval in Jason's life, forcing him to make sense of a terrible secret that has been buried by the boys he considers his friends.

Set against the backdrop of the 1987 stock market collapse, The Starboard Sea is an examination of the abuses of class privilege, the mutability of sexual desire, the thrill and risk of competitive sailing, and the adult cost of teenage recklessness. It is a powerful and provocative novel about a young man finding his moral center, trying to forgive himself, and accepting the gift of love.

 

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 February 28, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Eleanor Henderson on Mar 01 2012

...“The Starboard Sea” is a novel about the exhilarating freedom of being young and in love with the world, in harmony with nature and with an irreplaceable friend.

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Feb 28 2012

It is a rich, quietly artful novel that is bound for deep water, with questions of beauty, power and spiritual navigation as its main concerns.

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Reviewed by Andrew Pyper on Mar 13 2012

The Starboard Sea is a sensitively felt first novel that is not without its nostalgic comforts and the entertainment of cushioned tragedies.

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