In the Unlikely Event Synopsis
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, three planes fell from the sky within three months, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, Judy Blume weaves a haunting story of three generations of families, friends, and strangers, whose lives are for ever changed in the aftermath. The plane crashes bring some people closer together and tear others apart; they create myths and unlock secrets. As Miri experiences the ordinary joys and pains of growing up in extraordinary circumstances, a young journalist makes his name reporting tragedy. And through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on. Beautiful, gripping and deeply moving, In the Unlikely Event is an unforgettable novel from Judy Blume, one of America's most beloved authors.
In the Unlikely Event Press Reviews
[Blume] delivers a story as candid and heart-wrenching as her influential YA books . . . Both Blume's lifers and newcomers will appreciate In the Unlikely Event, which respects tragedy without neglecting lightheartedness in that special way only Judy Blume knows how to do. -- Caroline Goldstein, 13 of June's 2015's Best Books That Are The Perfect Summer Escape * Bustle * Everything we love about Judy Blume's young adult novels is found in her latest book for grown-ups in spades: a large cast of memorable characters, the ability to perfectly capture into words the feelings of youth (and beyond), and the vivid capturing of time and place. -- Lynsey Eidell, The Hottest Beach Reads This Summer * Glamour * In the Unlikely Event, about a fifteen-year-old's first forays into letters and love, has [Blume's] signature warm, personal touch. -- Megan O'Grady, The Best Beach Reads Summer 2015 * Vogue * Blume's ability to tell a compelling story and create memorable characters of all ages is as strong as ever . . . her old fans won't be disappointed by this quietly sensational story. -- Anna Carey, Books to Pack This Summer * Irish Times * Blume succeeds in capturing the condition of an entire community . . . No one captures coming-of-age milestones and stomach butterflies like Blume . . . When the story is over, it's Miri's voice - her wise observations, her surprisingly adult perspectives, and her humour - that you miss * Boston Globe * In The Unlikely Event gives us everything Blume is known (and beloved) for - the fierce, fraught nature of young relationships, the comfort and confines of cultural identity, the messiness and joys of the body - and takes it to a new level. This novel - Blume's fourth for adults - is her most ambitious to date, and she lives up to its reach with her characteristic frankness, compassion and charm * San Francisco Chronicle * Reading In the Unlikely Event in adulthood is like reconnecting with a long-lost friend . . . The novel rivals Tolstoy or Ferrante in its number of characters, families, and . . . emotionally resonant and down-to-earth at once . . . In the Unlikely Event confronts the fact that as we grow up, the unexpected - tragedies, accidents, death, mysteries - becomes another kind of ordinary. You've been learning that on your own all these years; now, reading this, having Judy Blume guide you through it once again is deeply reassuring * The New Yorker * Judy Blume isn't just revered, she's revolutionary . . . Blume, whose fiction for adults has the same emotional immediacy as her books for children, makes us feel the pure shock and wonder of living * New York Times * Long-term Blume fans will be instantly at home in the company of the novel's plucky heroine, Miri . . . She has her eye on people, and her work resonates because she uses clean, accessible prose to sketch characters who are convincingly conflicted . . . She continues to hold out a warm, fallible hand to help us face the music and dance * Daily Telegraph * Offers readers the classic Blume experience - a nuanced portrayal of the everyday intricacies of love and friendship but set against a backdrop of extraordinary tragedy . . . In the Unlikely Event is comfort reading at its most soothing, the turn of its pages like sitting down with a beloved, long-lost friend * Independent * A thoroughly beguiling story of love, loss and carrying on regardless . . . period-perfect detail . . . irresistible * Mail on Sunday * A great portrait of an era . . . Blume's hallmark warmth and humanity shine through and there is a loveliness to this novel in its depths of philanthropy and human understanding. It leaves the reader longing to meet the author for a soul-lifting heart-to-heart. The fairy godmother is alive and well * Guardian * In The Unlikely Event is Judy Blume's first book for adults in more than 15 years and before the end of the first chapter you'll be breathing a happy sigh that the wait is over . . . Judy Blume is fantastic at assembling a cast of characters so clearly drawn that you'd recognise them in the street and so real that you care deeply about each of them after only a few lines . . . For those of us who grew up alongside Blume's beloved teenage characters, this book is a welcome homecoming * Sunday Express * A major event . . . utterly brilliant . . . Never mind what she has done before: it feels as if this is the book she has been waiting her whole life to write. And it is, quite simply, extraordinary . . . There's a wonderful Mad Men feel to the detail of the period . . . The action is always undercut with Blume's trademark humanity and humour . . . Blume's fans - old and new - will approve * Observer *