Too Soon to Be Forgotten: The Great Hamptons Hurricane

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Genie Henderson will read her new book, “A Day Like Any Other: The Great Hamptons Hurricane of 1938: A Novel” at Canio's Books on Saturday.

It began as an ordinary day.

The hurricane had headed out to see, off the Carolinas, or so the East End was told.

Around 3 p.m., they never saw it coming — unprecedented winds, rain and waves so high and powerful that they were recorded on seismographs 5,000 miles away in Alaska.

“For those few who still remember, the images are seared into their brains: the corpses floating down Main Street; the boats that drifted into the living rooms of flooded houses; the dead dogs and featherless chickens; the muck and fish stink; the moonscape of flattened houses; the residue of the last great hurricane to hit Long Island, the storm of 1938,” The New York Times reported.

East Hampton-based Genie Henderson and her new book, “A Day Like Any Other: The Great Hamptons Hurricane of 1938: A Novel,” bring that day back to life through the stories of locals and summer visitors, as they navigated the day from calm to calamity — which she will discuss on Saturday, September 8, at Canio’s Books, located at 290 Main Street in Sag Harbor.

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