In her highly-anticipated new novel, Judy Blume, the number one New York Times bestselling 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. In conversation with Linda Holmes, host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour.
Judy Blume has spent her life making up stories inside her head, and her adult years writing them down on paper. Adults and young readers will recognize such Blume titles as “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret," “Blubber.” and the five-book series about the irrepressible Fudge; she's written novels for adults, as well, including the new "In the Unlikely Event." Blume is a longtime advocate for intellectual freedom and an anti-censorship activist.
Holmes writes and edits NPR's entertainment and pop-culture blog, Monkey See, and is host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour.