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Historic Conn. flood central to new novel

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Fifty years ago, a massive flood devastated the city of Norwich, Connecticut.

In March of 1963, a dam at the city’s largest park collapsed and millions of gallons of water flooded the area, causing several deaths. 

Author Wally Lamb grew up in Norwich. He's used the flood as a jumping off point for his latest novel, We Are Water. It's  set in the fictional town of Three Rivers,  based on Norwich and nearby New London and Willimantic

It follows the life a woman who was a little girl when the flood happened, losing her mother and younger sister that day, and how that day and subsequent events still impact her and her family almost 50 years later.  

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