Judy Blume Sets First Adult Novel in 17 Years
'In the Unlikely Event' will go on sale in June
Judy Blume will publish her first adult novel in 15 years publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced Monday.
In the Unlikely Event goes on sale in June. The 1950s-set story was inspired by three real plane crashes that happened in Blume’s hometown of Elizabeth, N.J., in 1951 and 1952 (when Blume was 13 and 14 years old). These events have lingered in my mind ever since,” said Blume in a statement. “It was a crazy time. We were witnessing things that were incomprehensible to us as teenagers. Was it sabotage? An alien invasion? No one knew, and people were understandably terrified.”
Using the crashes as a starting point, Blume weaves a fictional tale “with an unforgettable ensemble of families and friends across three generations.” Knopf says the “hallmark traits” of a good Blume story are all there as the characters “grow up, fall in love, marry, cope with loss, deal with estranged parents and difficult friendships and familial obligations, remember the good times, and finally, wonder at the joy that keeps them going.”
Knopf also revealed the cover for the book.
Blume’s last adult novel, 1998’s Summer Sisters, sold more than 3.5 million copies. In total, she has written 28 books, including the kids classics Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Forever, as well as the original mommy porn Wifey. Her worldwide sales exceed 85 million books.