In the Unlikely Event

3.51 based on 38048 ratings & 5064 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 04.06.2015
ISBN: 9781509801657
Number of pages: 432

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

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
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
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