SSN – Saving Sin City – A Book by Mary Cummings

‘Saving Sin City’: Life, Love and Lust In New York’s Gilded Age Are Documented In New Book

Apr 23, 2018

It’s a familiar tale: A teenage starlet is invited to the opulent home of a rich, powerful and much older married man, under the pretense of receiving fatherly advice. When she arrives, he gives her champagne laced with an unknown substance, and she passes out.

The following morning, she awakens to find herself naked in a strange bedroom and understands exactly what has happened…

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About the Author

Mary Cummings is a writer, historian, and an award-winning journalist whose work has been recognized by the New York Press Association. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times for ten years, writing feature stories for its Long Island coverage. She has also written for TimeOut New York, Newsday, Columbia Today and numerous other publications. She was the arts editor and principal feature writer at The Southampton Press for seven years and has written three books on local history: “Southampton,” “Hurricane, 1938,” and “One Hundred Years of Healing,” a study of the role of Southampton Hospital in the social history of the Hamptons. In recent years, she has been a staff member at the Southampton History Museum, managing its Research Center and using her free time to indulge her fascination with Gilded Age New York, gathering the material and writing the story that became “Saving Sin City.” Raised in Southampton, New York, she is a graduate of Smith College and holds a master’s degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University. She lived in France for two years, and after her marriage, she and her husband lived in several American cities, as well as in Ethiopia, before returning to the States to raise their two sons. She currently lives in Southampton.