Released on 04 June 2015.

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In the Unlikely Event

3.51 based on 43179 ratings & 5603 reviews on Goodreads.com

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 media

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
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.
Glamour
A thoroughly beguiling story of love, loss and carrying on regardless . . . period-perfect detail . . . irresistible
Mail on Sunday