The Starboard Sea

The Starboard Sea

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Baker & Taylor
Devastated by the suicide of his prep-school roommate and disdaining the trappings of his affluent Manhattan life, Jason transfers to another school and bonds with a troubled classmate whose subsequent death compels Jason to uncover the truth, in a tale set against a backdrop of the 1987 stock market collapse.

McMillan Palgrave

“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.



Baker
& Taylor

Devastated by the suicide of his prep-school roommate and disdaining the trappings of his affluent Manhattan life, Jason transfers to another school and bonds with a troubled classmate whose subsequent death compels Jason to uncover the truth, in a tale set against a backdrop of the 1987 stock market collapse. 50,000 first printing.
Devastated by the suicide of his prep-school roommate and disdaining the trappings of his affluent Manhattan life, Jason transfers to another school and bonds with a troubled classmate whose subsequent death compels Jason to uncover the truth.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312642808
Branch Call Number: FIC DER
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,22 cm.

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mcdonald93 Mar 25, 2015

This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I was amazed with the prose. Convincingly written in first person from a male perspective, Dermont breathlessly captures the innocence of adolescence as the protagonist navigates to adulthood. Dermont's use of sailing serves as a perfect metaphor for the difficulties faced in life. This novel easily has the potential to become a timeless classic.

jeanner222 Oct 12, 2012

It is 1987, and Jason Prosper is preparing to enter his senior year in high school. His junior year was tough: his best friend, Cal, committed suicide. When Cal killed himself, Jason lost his confidante and sailing partner. How can he pick up the pieces and finish school?

Well, the first change in his life will be school. He was kicked out of boarding school after Cal’s death. He will now start his senior year at Bellingham Academy, a school that caters to boarding school rejects like Jason.

There are so many challenges for Jason at Bellingham: making friends, missing Cal, and most of all, sailing. Can he sail again? And can he find a true friend again, a friend who will guard Jason’s deepest and darkest secrets?

All will be revealed in this well-paced and engrossing novel.

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