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Friday, July 24, 2015

In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume - Book Review




About The Book:

In her highly anticipated new novel, Judy Blume, the New York Times # 1 best-selling author of Summer Sisters and of young adult classics such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events.
 
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.




My Thoughts:

Judy Blume is one of those authors that you just know is going to write a wonderfully told story, and she doesn't disappoint in her latest "grown-up" novel, "In The Unlikely Event."

I was not aware of the events that this book is based on - the airplane crashes in New Jersey in the early 50's - but was pulled into the events through Judy's writing and can imagine the horror and the fear that resulted from the disasters. Judy herself was a teen during this time period and her recollections are sharp and fascinating as she weaves a story told by many characters.  It was a little difficult to keep up with who was who, but the fast pace of the tale keeps readers entranced to the every end.

I highly recommend this novel - perfect for a summer-time read!




About The Author:



Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Blubber; Just as Long as We're Together; and the five book series about the irrepressible Fudge.
 
She has also written three novels for adults, Summer Sisters; Smart Women; and Wifey, all of them New York Times bestsellers. More than 80 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into thirty-one languages. She receives thousands of letters a year from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her.
Judy has completed a series of four chapter books -- The Pain & the Great One -- illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist James Stevenson. She has co-written and produced a film adaptation of her book Tiger Eyes, and is currently writing a new novel.
 
Judy and her husband George Cooper live on islands up and down the east coast. They have three grown children and one grandchild.



I purchased this book for my personal collection. I was not compensated for my opinion.


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