“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
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 his 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, until a major hurricane hits the New England coast and Aidan’s battered body is found on the beach in its aftermath. School officials rule her death a suicide, and Jason is horrified to draw the parallels between Aidan and Cal. He gradually realizes that Aidan’s death was neither suicide nor accident, and is determined to uncover the 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 compelling novel about a young man navigating the depths of his emotional life, finding his moral center, trying to forgive himself, and accepting the gift of love.
The aptly named Jason Prosper has enjoyed an affluent childhood of summer homes, yacht clubs, and prep schools. When his best friend and roommate, Cal, commits suicide, Jason, bereft and sexually confused, transfers to a different school. There he meets Aidan, a troubled and sensitive girl who helps him cope with Cal's death. Aidan is a marked exception to the others in his social circle--loutish boys who feel that their wealth entitles them to behave however they please. After Aidan dies during a hurricane that unexpectedly hits the East Coast, Jason begins to question his own values and his connection to his privileged cohorts.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres, Juvenile Fiction
- Subgenre: General, Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- Format: hardcover
- Release Date:
February 28, 2012
- Date Published:
February 28, 2012
Author: Amber Dermont
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- Online Item #: 13947914
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-1863
- ISBN: 9780312642808
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