Cece It is not. This book is the true account of a storm that developed quickly in late September 1938. It was expected to hit Florida but instead stayed off the East Coast as it rapidly traveled northerly and became extra-tropical. It eventually slammed into New England with no advance warning; no one in its path had any idea that what they were experiencing was a fierce hurricane. Many lives were lost and the property damage was catastrophic.
Violet You are thinking of Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson. GREAT book. I highly recommend it. It is the best account of the Galveston hurricane of 1900. I am really looking forward to reading about this storm (Sudden Sea) that came much later in 1938. Katharine Hepburn's family home was flooded and destroyed during that storm (while she was in it!).