For five years, Judy Blume was hard at work on her new highly anticipated novel , “In the Unlikely Event” and now its finally released!
“January 2009 is when the idea first came to me. Nothing has ever come to me in a flash that way.
Never ever like this,” the author told People magazine. “I would have never believed anybody if they’d told me that was going to happen. I used to read about people who’d say, ‘I dream my books and then I write them down.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, please.’ But the idea came to me with characters and plot and structure!”
Based on real-life events, the book focuses on three plane crashes that occurred in Blume’s hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, in the winter of 1951-1952.
In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.
In the Unlikely Event is vintage Judy Blume, with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume’s unparalleled storytelling, and full of memorable characters who cope with loss, remember the good times and, finally, wonder at the joy that keeps them going.