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VIRTUAL EVENT: Amanda Fairbanks

Wednesday, May 26th at 7PM EST
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Join us for an evening with journalist & reporter Amanda Fairbanks as she speaks about her new book, The Lost Boys of Montauk with New York Times bestselling author J. Courtney Sullivan.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
An immersive account of a tragedy at sea whose repercussions haunt its survivors to this day, lauded by New York Times bestselling author Ron Suskind as “an honest and touching book, and a hell of a story.”

In March of 1984, the commercial fishing boat Wind Blown left Montauk Harbor on what should have been a routine offshore voyage. Its captain, a married father of three young boys, was the boat’s owner and leader of the four-man crew, which included two locals and the blue-blooded son of a well-to-do summer family. After a week at sea, the weather suddenly turned, and the foursome collided with a nor’easter. They soon found themselves in the fight of their lives. Tragically, it was a fight they lost. Neither the boat nor the bodies of the men were ever recovered.

The fate of the Wind Blown—the second-worst nautical disaster suffered by a Montauk-based fishing vessel in over a hundred years—has become interwoven with the local folklore of the East End’s year-round population. Back then, on the easternmost tip of Long Island, before Wall Street and hedge fund money stormed into town, commercial fishing was the area’s economic lifeblood.

Amanda M. Fairbanks examines the profound shift of Montauk from a working-class village—“a drinking town with a fishing problem”—to a playground for the ultra-wealthy, seeking out the reasons that an event more than three decades old remains so startlingly vivid in people’s minds. She explores the ways in which deep, lasting grief can alter people’s memories. And she shines a light on the powerful and sometimes painful dynamics between fathers and sons, as well as the secrets that can haunt families from beyond the grave.

The story itself is a universal tale of family and brotherhood; it’s about what happens when the dreams and ambitions of affluent and working-class families collide. Captivating and powerful, The Lost Boys of Montaukexplores one of the most important questions we face as humans: how do memories of the dead inform the lives of those left behind?

AMANDA M. FAIRBANKS is a journalist who has worked in the editorial department of The New York Times, as a reporter for HuffPost, and at The East Hampton Star, where she wrote investigative stories, features, and profiles. Her writing has also appeared in The Boston GlobeNewsweekThe Atlantic, and The San Francisco Chronicle. A graduate of Smith College and a former Teach for America corps member, she has two master’s degrees from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and currently lives with her family in Sag Harbor. 

J.COURTNEY SULLIVAN is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels CommencementMaineThe Engagements, and Saints For All Occasions. Her work has been translated into 17 languages. Sullivan's writing has appeared in The New York Times Book ReviewThe Washington PostThe Chicago TribuneNew York magazine, ElleGlamourAllureReal Simple, and O: The Oprah Magazine, among many others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two children.

 

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The Lost Boys of Montauk: The True Story of the Wind Blown, Four Men Who Vanished at Sea, and the Survivors They Left Behind Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982103231
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Published: Gallery Books - May 25th, 2021

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ISBN: 9780525436478
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Published: Vintage - April 27th, 2021

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 7:00pm
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