Joe Pisano knows the waters surrounding the Hamptons well. He’s sailed and fished them for decades, riding out storms and danger. He’s also been witness to the society of the Hamptons at its wildest. Given a choice, he prefers the sea.
In the 1980s, the Hamptons were in flux, inexorably shifting from the “free love” values of the 1960s to the affluent haven it is today. In six short stories, author Nick Catalano explores this transitional time, taking readers from the terror of a boat suddenly capsizing to one of the area’s most exclusive discos. Along the way, he touches on squandered wealth, scandalous love affairs, and rampant alcoholism—all the decadent behavior you’d expect in a playground for the super rich.
Following up his exploration of the Hamptons, Catalano offers his previously published novella, A New Yorker at Sea, a revealing, darkly humorous examination of the psychological challenges of circumnavigating the globe—and other people’s cultures—as an American.
By turns thrilling, funny, and reflective, Tales of a Hamptons Sailor chronicles the inevitable changes that beset a small community when the ultra rich invade, contrasting their impact with the ever-changing, beautiful, and dangerous force that is the ocean.