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Stories from Westport, Massachusetts

Over 2,500 Copies of The Last Fling have been sold!
The Last Fling, book cover


Red and his book "The Last Fling", were featured August 25, 2011 on

Red appeared on the "Rhode Show" on Fox 64, WNAC in Providence, August 26, 2011 to talk about The Last Fling, show the Last Fling Video and talk about hurricanes.

The Wild Winds of Westport by Barry Fain, The Bay Magazine, August 2011 - pages 18 & 19

Memories of the Storm: The Last Fling - Hurricane Carol 1954 by Trevor Medeiros, SOCO Magazine, New England, August 2011

"The Last Fling not only chronicles the effects of Hurricane Carol, but also paints a vivid picture of this community in the 1950s. So much of local history is never written down. However, John Cummings has created an important contribution to the local historical record."
  --- Jenny O'Neill, Director, Westport Historical Society

"John "Red" Cummings in this book, The Last Fling, has performed a great service for readers interested in the 1954 hurricane.  He reports not only on the storm but also on the people who survived and those who did not.   The 1954 hurricane was not forecast to hit this area so most people were not ready for that big wind and high sea.  It is all here in The Last Fling."
  --- Carlton “Cukie” Macomber, Historian

The Last Fling took me to the seaside town of my imagination, and brings it to life. Wistful and charming, it evokes a simpler time juxtaposed against one of the worst hurricanes of the century.”
  --- Ann Hood, author of the bestsellers: The Red Thread and The Knitting Circle

"The Last Fling is much more than an accurate report of the tragedy of the massive Hurricane Carol in 1954. In his book, John Cummings has magnificently captured the terror, sadness and loss as well as the hardy, brave spirit of Westport through its people. It's a great read …"
  --- Warren G. Hathaway, Publisher Emeritus of Hathaway Publishing Corp