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Sudden Sea:

The Great Hurricane of 1938

by R.A. Scotti

About the Book

On the morning of September 21, 1938, the swath of coastline from Cape May to Cape Cod was the wealthiest and most populous in the world. By evening, it was a wasteland. Racing up the Atlantic Coast, the storm reached New York and New England ahead of hurricane warnings and struck with such intensity that it registered on seismographs in Alaska. Winds clocked at 186 miles per hour and stripped cars of their paint. Walls of water fifty feet high swept homes and entire families out to sea. Drawing on newspaper accounts, survivors’ testimony, and archival sources, R. A. Scotti has written an unforgettable account of an ocean rising up to wreak total destruction on a way of life the world would never see again.

About the Author

R.A. Scotti grew up in Rhode Island hearing stories about the Great Hurricane of 1938. She is the author of a number of thrillers and novels of international espionage and was a former journalist at the Providence Journal and Newark Star-Ledger. Scotti’s first fiction novel, The Kiss of Judas, was published in 1984, followed by The Devil’s Own, The Hammer’s Eye, and For Love of Sarah. Her first work of nonfiction, Cradle Song, is an account of the birth and death of her son Ciro, who suffered from a serious illness and lived only to sixteen months of age. Following Sudden Sea, Scotti published Basilica in 2007, a history of the building of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Scotti’s interest in St. Peter’s led her to research the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911; her account of it was then published as Vanished Smile, in 2009.

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