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Historical fiction set amid the Storm of ’38

Elite sailor Carol Newman Cronin, member of the U.S. sailing team from 2001-2007, remembers the 70th anniversary of the Storm of ’38 with “Oliver’s Surprise” ($15.00, GemmaMedia, 2008).

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The fiction book follows the tale of a young boy living in Jamestown, R.I., who gets transported back in time to 1938 when he skips school and hides out on an old schooner. The boy must find out what he has to do before the storm hits the coast of New England. The book includes illustrations by Laurie Ann Cronin, a map of Jamestown, a brief history of the event and a glossary of boating terminology used throughout the story.

Cronin won two races for the U.S. at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and has since retired from Olympic sailing. She has been sailing and writing since she was young, growing up in Jamestown where she still resides with her husband, Paul. They spend as much time as possible on the water, mostly aboard a 1938 Herreshoff Marlin. For information, visit