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In the Unlikely Event (Hardcover)
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. In her first adult novel in fifteen years, Judy Blume skillfully captures a time, a place, and a catastrophe. Within 58 days in 1951-1952 three airplanes crash in Elizabeth, New Jersey which was Judy Blume’s hometown. From these historical events, she masterfully weaves together a large cast of fictional characters whose lives are changed by these events. At the center is Mira Ammerman the 15 year-old daughter of a single Jewish mother. Remember this is the 1950s and single moms were often looked down upon in the post war years. Miri and her mother Rusty live with Rusty’s supportive mother and her kind and generous newspaper reporter brother Henry. Besides fascinating characters of all ages, Judy Blume details with precision life in the 1950s, including clothes, dating, food, music newspaper reporting and more.— From Joan's Picks
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.
About the Author
Judy Blume is one of America's most beloved authors. She grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and was a teenager in 1952 when the real events in this book took place. She has written books for all ages. Her twenty-eight previous titles include Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Forever; and Summer Sisters. Her books have sold more than eighty-five million copies in thirty-two languages. She is a champion of intellectual freedom, working with the National Coalition Against Censorship in support of writers, teachers, librarians, and students. In 2004, Blume was awarded the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in Key West and New York City. www.judyblume.com