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The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont.. Here's a smart book about sailing from a smart debut novelist that hits all the right notes. True, the young are sickening, but at moments you will be transported back to an earlier, better self; a person with whom it is good to become reacquainted.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"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."

The New York Times

"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 bio: 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. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (320 pp. Sailorific: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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