In the Unlikely Event

Publisher: Anchor Canada
From the iconic Judy Blume, one of the most beloved authors of our time: the brilliantly reviewed and bestselling new adult novel, now in paperback for summer reading.

In this brilliant new novel--her first for adults in fifteen years--legendary author Judy Blume takes us back to the 1950s and introduces us to the town of Elizabeth, New Jersey, where she herself grew up. Following three generations of families, friends, and strangers in the town, we watch her newest cast of characters grapple with first love, estranged parents, difficult friendships, familial obligations, divorce, career ambitions, a grandparent's love, a widower's hope, and everything in between. Their warm and resonant stories are set against the backdrop of a real-life tragedy that struck in the early 1950s: a series of three airplanes fell from the sky over a three-month period, leaving the community reeling. Gripping, authentic, and unforgettable, In the Unlikely Event is Blume's most ambitious and accomplished work yet, with all the hallmarks of this beloved author's unparalleled storytelling.


Miri was not happy when Rusty showed up at the Osners' party. And even less happy to see she was wearing her good black dress, her dress shoes and stockings with seams. Then there was the hair. Rita Hayworth hair. To her shoulders. Heads turned when Rusty came into the living room. She waved at Miri but...
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 • "Wry, witty and thrillingly candid, [Judy Blume] has been chronicling the agonies and ecstasies of adolescence for the past 45 years. . . . Blume hasn't lost her knack for note-perfect portraits of young people on the cusp of adulthood." Chatelaine
 • "As she always has, Blume proved that she knows best; each of these stories needed to be told. The beauty of In the Unlikely Event lies in the way it shows how communities are affected by tragedy and fear not just as a whole, but also as individuals." The Globe and Mail
 • "Makes us feel the pure shock and wonder of living. . . . Judy Blume isn't just revered, she's revolutionary." The New York Times Book Review
 • "Gives us everything that Blume is known (and beloved) for... This novel is her most ambitious to date, and she lives up to its reach with her characteristic frankness, compassion, and charm." San Francisco Chronicle