Damage Control by Amber Dermont

Damage Control

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


Details Damage Control

TitleDamage Control
ISBN9780312642815
Author
Release DateMar 26th, 2013
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Literature
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Reviews Damage Control

  • Larry H
    2013-04-15
    In the hands of a talented writer, short stories can have almost a transcendent quality, an ability to transport you into the minds of unique characters and memorable situations. I was a huge fan of Amber Dermont's debut novel, The Starboard Sea (in fact, it was one of my favorite books I read last year), so I was excited to read her new short story collection, Damage Control. And after reading the 14 stories in this collection, I was pleased to ...
  • Rebecca
    2013-03-19
    When I heard that this was a book about "privilege and entitlement" I wasn't sure I would relate, but the characters, while all associated with upper crust society, are also down to earth. Wealth and privilege are a theme in each story but it's not all stuffy, Emily Gilmore-esque nonsense. Amber Dermont has created fictional people that are just as faulty, quirky, interesting and fallible as people I know. The great thing about short story collec...
  • Ava Butzu
    2013-03-10
    Ms. Dermont is at her finest when she write about heartbreak and loss, themes that are often maudlin or overly-dramatic in the hands of lesser contemporary authors. In stories like "Sorry, You Are Not a Winner," "Number One Tuna," and the title story, the protagonists feel every bit of pain that the loss of a beloved father, a lover, and even the loss of a life of privilege realistically inflict upon us, but the pain is wrapped in cotton, more of...
  • Terrence McClintock
    2013-05-04
    Dermont's stories are consistently entertaining. Personally, I liked the bizarre elements in each story and I thought Dermont did a good job of making them believable. Without the odd pairings of people and situations, her stories would lose a lot of the allure for me. She packs her stories full of so much detail that I felt "short" is something of a misnomer given her ability to stretch my imagination and introduce me to novel situations.
  • Kim
    2013-05-04
    well written stories - great relationships and characters. a book of short stories is harder to stick with than a novel because you aren't trying to get back to an ongoing story and finish it up. i think i've had my fill with three this year. All were very good, but would be interested to read a novel from these authors.
  • Maureen Flatley
    2013-05-03
    As much as I loved The Starboard Sea I loved this book even more. Tightly written stories beautifully crafted and often funny the narratives just pull you along from one story to the next. Possibly my favorite collection of short stories since T. Correghasan Boyle's hilarious If The River Was Whiskey.
  • Jen
    2013-08-14
    These stories are everything— smart, entertaining, funny, generous, plausible, fantastic, horrifying, well-written. They are stories about abduction and grief, they are about family and identity, they are about aging before your time, they are about not giving up on what it is that you want most. Amber Dermont is brilliant and I recommend her books to everyone.
  • Merrie
    2013-03-17
    I have never been one to enjoy short stories, I generally prefer full length novels. So when I won a free copy of this book on the Goodreads giveaways I decided to give it a try. I am glad that I did because I thoroughly enjoyed these stories. The characters were well developed and each story had its own unique way of drawing the reader in.
  • Mary
    2014-01-21
    A fascinating collection of stories, not unlike George Saunders' Tenth of December. Some really rewarding, some a little distasteful, but all reflecting the author's creative mind and considerable talent.
  • George Ilsley
    2013-05-27
    This is a collection which should be read slowly, preferably over several years. If you read them all at once, they somehow start to cancel each other out, and become less interesting. Had to skip one of them, about pain. The last one, Camp, left me feeling more upbeat about this collection.
  • Ed
    2013-06-05
    After reading glowing NY Times review I waited a weeks for my library hold to come up. Worth the wait. I'm not generally a fan of short story collections, but this was thoroughly involving, and instead of reading a story from time to time I read it cover to cover in two days.
  • Amy Long
    2013-03-26
    Discombobulated stories lacking theme. The fantastic characters and outrageous story lines fell flat and felt forced.
  • Casey
    2013-03-04
    The more I think about these stories, the more I think I like them.Especially a few of the longer stories near the end.
  • Lynn W
    2013-05-05
    She is two for two with me! Please write faster
  • Patricia Geller
    2013-05-31
    Well written stories. Went in search of her earlier books.
  • Amanda Nan Dillon
    2013-07-17
    This book has changed my opinion on short stories. Absolutely loved Dermont's stories and different styles of writing.
  • Sam Grosby
    2013-04-29
    Re-upped it from the library. Really good short story collection.
  • Anna
    2013-01-28
    Will update with a review soon.
  • Alex
    2013-05-19
    An admirably diverse collection of stories. I am humble before Amber Dermont.
  • Nancy
    2013-06-26
    I really enjoyed these short stories, especially after reading her new novel, The Starboard Sea last year. She is a great writer.
  • Kim
    2013-08-16
    Amazing writer.
  • Sidik Fofana
    2017-09-05
    SIX WORD REVIEW: Educated maids, high educators, paid travelers.
  • Gloria
    2017-08-03
    I dunno. A few of these stories are really good, but most underwhelmed me. Don't really know how to explain why.
  • Frances
    2014-05-23
    There is the deathless adage that a writer should write what she knows. Shelves of books rely on continuity of place and the strength that provides. “I Want to Show You More” by Jamie Quatro was a compilation of stories that did this particularly well; I relished the southern quirks of her Lookout Mountain. In her collection “Damage Control,” Amber Dermont rebels. From one story to the next it was a mystery as to where I would be taken. T...
  • Shannon B
    2017-03-02
    A good book of short stories , characters are unique and interesting and relatable .
  • Hilary
    2013-03-19
    Copy received through Goodreads’ First Reads program. Perhaps the most notable thing about Amber Dermont’s first collection of stories is its diversity, as Dermont manages to capture an impressive range of characters, settings and themes in these fourteen stories. Although you’d expect diversity in short story collections (since the stories are typically written over many years and published in different magazines), there are almost always ...
  • Kayla
    2014-03-08
    Damage Control is a collection of fourteen short stories. Some of the short stories seem to be about the coming of age of a female character such as in Lyndon, Afternoons in the Museum of Childhood and Notes Toward an Anatomy of Pain. Others are about older women who are discovering what they desire from life with some drama along the way. A few of the stories deal with male lead characters who are also searching for a purpose in their life. All ...
  • Rachel Hunt
    2013-09-19
    I was a bit disappointed with this collection. Many of the stories came off a bit juvenile, like something written in a college creative writing course. However, there were a couple stand out stories that I enjoyed, especially the one about the religious cult leader that kidnaps a young girl. Yet many of the stories could have been cut out of the collection and it would have improved the overall read. I struggled I make it to the end.
  • Carole
    2013-01-31
    I loved Amber Dermont’s debut novel, The Starboard Sea, but this collection of short stories just didn’t do it for me. Perhaps it’s the genre, not a favorite, or perhaps the decidedly bizarre element in each story, but despite Dermont’s very obvious creative talent and her outstanding ability to present characters with personalities that resound, I have to conclude that pre-ordering was a mistake. Caveat emptor.