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In the Unlikely Event Mass Market Paperback – June 27, 2017
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An Amazon Best Book of June 2015: Three planes crash in a small town in New Jersey over the course of just two short months. Sounds like the backdrop of a horror movie, or in this post 9/11 world, something more sinister. But this actually happened in Elizabeth, New Jersey in the early 1950s, when beloved children’s author Judy Blume (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.) was a young girl, experiencing the horror firsthand. Who, or what, was responsible—Communists? Martians? With no obvious explanation to cling to for comfort, this terrified community could only wait for something much bigger than the next shoe to drop. This is all big, mind-blowing stuff. But in her novel In the Unlikely Event, which like Summer Sisters is written for an adult audience, Blume travels back to that time and tells the more intimate stories within the larger one, to help us better comprehend the incomprehensible, and learn the lessons that are the only bright side of catastrophe. And the overarching moral, here, is to not let fear limit your possibilities. Through the various characters that inhabit this multigenerational tale, Blume beseeches us to not be afraid to get on a plane, take career risks, pursue your dreams, fall in love…After all, life is made up of unlikely events, and they “aren’t all bad. There are good ones, too.” --–Erin Kodicek--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Makes us feel the pure shock and wonder of living. . . . Judy Blume isn’t just revered, she’s revolutionary.” —The New York Times Book Review
“[A] page-turner, emotionally resonant and down-to-earth. . . . Reading In the Unlikely Event is like reconnecting with a long-lost friend.” —The New Yorker
“Gives us everything that Blume is known (and beloved) for. . . . This novel is her most ambitious to date, and she lives up to its reach with her characteristic frankness, compassion, and charm.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Judy Blume is back—and on her game! . . . You won’t want to turn the last page.” —People
“A page-turner with cross-generational appeal. . . . Will appeal to loyal fans as well as new readers.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A fascinating novel. . . . Blume, in clear and forthright storytelling, creates realistic characters searching for happiness. . . . Just as dramatic as the devastation and panic caused by the crashes are Blume's ruminations on the mysteries of the human heart. ” —Chicago Tribune
“Judy Blume is still here, opening our eyes to the daily astonishments of life all these years later.” —USA Today
“Quite simply, extraordinary. . . . Utterly brilliant.” —The Observer (London)
“Blume succeeds in capturing the condition of an entire community. . . . No one captures coming-of-age milestones and stomach butterflies like Blume, and those scenes are worth waiting for.” —The Boston Globe
“Judy Blume’s writing is simply a delight. . . . Blume is a master at presenting the complexities of life. This novel is entertaining, heartbreaking, and redeeming.” —The Missourian
“Heartwarming.” —New York Daily News
“Satisfying, heartfelt. . . Delivers on the warm nostalgia that we remember from Blume’s earlier books and will appeal to her admirers—of which I am absolutely one—who regard any new book by this trailblazing literary and cultural icon as a celebratory event.” —Melissa M. Firman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Blume creates characters who are real and sympathetic.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Excellent and satisfying. . . Has all the elements of Blume’s best books: the complex relationships between friends and family members, the straight talk and lack of shame about sex, and, most of all, the compassionate insight into the pleasures and pains of growing up.” —Chicago Reader
“Has [Blume’s] signature warm, personal touch.” —Vogue.com
“Vividly rendered. . . Blume deftly demonstrates just how different the personal fallout from tragedy can turn out to be. . . . As Blume proves over and over again not just in In the Unlikely Event but in all of her fiction, life does go on in spite of hardship. We love. We lose. We fail. We may fall. But the lucky ones, we try our best to endure.” —The Oregonian
“Soars. . . . It’s Judy Blume and, therefore, it’s gold.” —Newark Star Ledger
“Judy Blume is revered. She is claimed, and cherished, and clutched close to the hearts of American adolescents and former adolescents, everywhere that books are read. . . . Blume’s great gift is [her] personal touch; her unflinching but reassuring voice—that of a no-nonsense big sister who gives it to you straight, then gives you a hug.” —Buffalo News
“Characteristically accessible, frequently charming, and always deeply human.” —Publishers Weekly
“Compelling. . . . Smoothly written. . . . A new Blume novel will always be big news.” —Booklist (starred review)
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The book is a skillful blend of fiction and reality, using historical facts of the three Elizabeth, NJ plane crashes in 1951-52 as backdrop to the story. I loved the way she adapted the flowery language of 50’s journalism for her fictional news articles that headed up some chapters of the book. I think my favorite character is uncle Henry, the reporter, for his level-headed clear thinking in the face of borderline hysteria surrounding the succession of plane crashes. Having spent much of my childhood around my dad’s store, Goldblatt Jewelers, on Broad Street in Elizabeth, I was tickled by the references to the landmarks and shops I remembered (including my dad’s store!). If you enjoy a good story with a vivid setting, laced with interesting historical information, this story will captivate you as all of Judy Blume’s stories do. The pages fly.
In the Unlikely Event takes place in Blume's hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, during a time in the early 1950s when the city was shattered by three plane crashes within a short period of time. The neighbors in the diverse working class city are baffled and frightened--how likely is such a thing to happen not once but three times? What is behind such a thing? People are jittery with thoughts of a communist conspiracy, space aliens, another war. Fifteen year old Miri Ammerman lives in Elizabeth with her single mother, uncle and grandmother. She's the center of the large cast of characters--each one of whom could spin a novel themselves--who try to navigate this strange period when passenger planes plummet from the skies into the center of their lives.
It's a fully engaging novel, with a cast of characters that's almost too big. There are those "Wait a minute, who's that again? moments. It's okay, just leaf back and pick them up. It's a pleasure to have one of Judy Blume's adult works to enjoy.
The characters feel like friends and the story, despite its setting in 1950s America, feels remarkably real and utterly believable. Unlike other authors who write 20th century time-period fiction, Blume's work seems contemporary rather than nostalgic. Instead of relying on long-winded descriptions of 1950s' cultural and political trends, she allows the era to come to life through the everyday experiences of her characters. And unlike other post-911 authors, Blume refrains from interweaving hints of the modern era into her narrative. In other words, Blume does not seem to need to "wink" at her readers in the way that suggests "we know better now, don't we?" as so many others do. She simply tells the story so that the flavor of that town in that year with these characters comes alive.
As a life-long fan of Judy Blume, I was nervous about expecting too much, but I shouldn't have worried. This is one of her best and well worth reading. Actually, like her previous novels, it's probably worth several reads.
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The end of the book ties up what could be lots a loose ends