Judy Blume is getting a lot of attention for her new novel, In the Unlikely Event. The novel is derived from Judy's actual experiences as a young girl, when there were three plane crashes in a row in the span of two months. The book, Judy says in an NPR interview, is "about how unlikely events can happen to us at any time and how they change our lives and how when even tragedy strikes we go on." The book is said to be very "adult" and a departure from her prior works that targeted young adult readers. It's her first adult novel in 17 years. I have a distinct memory of reading Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret on my own in third grade. This 1970 novel chronicled many pre-teen female issues and left an indelible impression on my young mind.
To listen to NPR's interview with the revolutionary author, click here.