By Judy Blume
Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. 401 pgs. Fiction.
Judy Blume’s much anticipated new novel is set in a small New Jersey town during the 1950s. Like most small towns, life seems idyllic. Then, in a few short months, three tragic plane crashes occur within the city limits. No life is left unmarred and residents of all ages are forced to deal with the difficult aftermath.
Though told from shifting perspectives, the story focuses on the Ammerman family. Miri, a teenager falling in love for the first time; her mother Rusty, who is single and trying to support her daughter and herself despite local prejudices; her uncle Henry, a local journalist gaining national attention for his coverage of the recent tragedies; and her grandmother Irene, who lovingly presides over the family.
Relatable characters, a strong sense of time and place, and an engaging storyline all make “In the Unlikely Event” an impressive addition to Blume’s already beloved bibliography.