Judy Blume: In the Unlikely Event
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creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of
families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by
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, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky,
leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that
Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and
exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid
portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing
“Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young)
love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist
threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy.
Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.
the Unlikely Event is vintage Judy Blume, with all the hallmarks of
Judy Blume’s unparalleled storytelling, and full of memorable characters
who cope with loss, remember the good times and, finally, wonder at the
joy that keeps them going