The Lost Boys of Montauk - Amanda M. Fairbanks

The Lost Boys of Montauk

By Amanda M. Fairbanks

  • Release Date: 2021-05-25
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 3.5
From 151 Ratings


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 downing of the Wind Blown has since become interwoven with the local folklore of the East End’s year-round population. Its tragic fate will never be forgotten.

In this “riveting man-vs.-nature story and compelling tribute to those who perished” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), journalist Amanda M. Fairbanks seeks out the reasons why 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.


  • Lost and Found

    By Bodhiboy65
    This is a very deep book, more about the layers of grief in loss than mere loss itself.
  • Choppy

    By Bdude24
    The narrative was thready and the character jumps illogical. Too often the story line rambled without meaning or contribution. To quote a line; “The Perfect Storm was already written.” Save your money for a better read.
  • Fantastic

    By crahckbook
    The history of the families and their unique ties to the community make this book special and something you look forward to every chapter.
  • The Lost Boys …

    By SurfGolfWine
    … great read beginning to the end. Loved the background history of the friends and families of the “Lost Boys.” Truly tragic but a book I am very glad to have read.