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Damage Control: Stories

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  149 ratings  ·  33 reviews
"Dermont's short story collection, which follows her debut novel (The Starboard Sea, 2012), demonstrates the author's versatility and sardonic humor…Dermont delivers strong prose and intriguing characters who frequently defy stereotypical ideals…the overall effect is a tight collection that takes the reader in unexpected, often disconcerting, directions. Full of irony and ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Press (first published March 19th 2013)
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Larry Hoffer
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 see that her writing ability continues to grow, an ...more
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 collections is that if I don't like one of the stories I
Ava Butzu
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 a low throb than a heart-wrenching life-stopper. ...more
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From the first page, these stories captured my interest and imagination. There is so much natural tension between the characters and their appointed foe that it seems tangible. Amber Dermont has a way of portraying exactly what the character feels and works towards without telling it. These stories show family ties and values at their best and what people are willing to do to keep up the appearance to those that they love.

This is a a highly recommended book.
Terrence McClintock
May 09, 2013 Terrence McClintock rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Terrence by: Wall Street Journal review
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.

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.
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.
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
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.
George Ilsley
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.
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.
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.
I really enjoyed these short stories, especially after reading her new novel, The Starboard Sea last year. She is a great writer.
The more I think about these stories, the more I think I like them.
Especially a few of the longer stories near the end.
Amanda Nan Dillon
This book has changed my opinion on short stories. Absolutely loved Dermont's stories and different styles of writing.
Amy Long
Discombobulated stories lacking theme. The fantastic characters and outrageous story lines fell flat and felt forced.
An admirably diverse collection of stories. I am humble before Amber Dermont.
Sam Grosby
Re-upped it from the library. Really good short story collection.
Patricia Geller
Well written stories. Went in search of her earlier books.
Lynn W
She is two for two with me! Please write faster
Anna DunLany
Will update with a review soon.
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. The changing ground was noticeable but not pronounced and t ...more
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 of these stories seem to deal with some shocking a ...more
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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 repeated motifs throughout the stories. For example, Jun
Rachel Hunt
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.

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.
Emily Capeles
Getting this book as a goodreads give away was exciting as I do not usualy read short stories. I have to say that this was a good collection as I enjoyed most of the stories. I just did not get a few of these stories, but the ones I did get I loved. I recomend this for times when you are too busy to read a whole novel.
I won this book from GOODREADS FIRST READS and was a little apprehensive about short stories, but I'm glad I read this. The stories were well written and although I was left wanting a little more, I was satisfied with what I got. Definately excellent!
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