Welcome to the Picador Book Club. Each month we'll be suggesting a new or classic paperback that is perfect for book club discussion.
We'll be featuring reading group questions to help get your discussion going, author interviews and extracts from our chosen book. We'll also be giving you the chance to win copies for your whole book club (see below for this month's giveaway) and your reviews could be featured on the blog. If you’d like to join the discussion about this month’s choice online, please use #PicadorBookClub.
This month’s recommended novel for book clubs is In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume, a beautiful, gripping novel based on real events and Judy Blume's own childhood experiences.
'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...'
Francesca Main, Editorial Director, on In the Unlikely Event:
"I’m delighted that this month’s Picador Book Club selection is In the Unlikely Event, Judy Blume’s first novel for adults in almost two decades.
Inspired by the true story of three plane crashes in the early 1950s, In the Unlikely Event is an atmospheric portrait of ordinary lives in extraordinary circumstances, suffused with Judy Blume’s inimitable warmth, wisdom and imagination. The novel has a big, interconnected cast of characters but never feels any less than intimate, whether depicting grief, first love, a changing friendship, an estranged parent, a secret marriage, the perfect family unravelling or a young man’s ambition in the wake of tragedy. Beautifully drawn and deeply moving, it is truly the work of a master storyteller.
Like Curtis Sittenfeld’s American Wife or Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread, this is an unputdownable novel woven from the stuff of real life. Whether you grew up reading Judy Blume or are about to discover her writing for the very first time, I hope In The Unlikely Event brings you as much pleasure as it has brought me."
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