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In the Unlikely Event

Judy Blume

In her highly anticipated new novel, Judy Blume, the New York Times # 1 best-selling author of Summer Sisters and of young adult classics such as Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events. 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. In 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. Early reviewers have already weighed in: "Like many family stories, this one is not without its life-changing secrets and surprises. There is no surprise that the book is smoothly written, and its story compelling. The setting-the early 1950s-is especially well realized through period references and incidents." -Booklist (starred review) and "In Blume's latest adult novel . . . young and old alike must learn to come to terms with technological disaster and social change. Her novel is characteristically accessible, frequently charming and always deeply human." -Publishers Weekly From the Hardcover edition.

In her highly anticipated new novel, Judy Blume, the New York Times # 1 best-selling author of Summer Sisters and of young adult classics such as Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events. 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. In 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. Early reviewers have already weighed in: "Like many family stories, this one is not without its life-changing secrets and surprises. There is no surprise that the book is smoothly written, and its story compelling. The setting-the early 1950s-is especially well realized through period references and incidents." -Booklist (starred review) and "In Blume's latest adult novel . . . young and old alike must learn to come to terms with technological disaster and social change. Her novel is characteristically accessible, frequently charming and always deeply human." -Publishers Weekly From the Hardcover edition.
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In her highly anticipated new novel, Judy Blume, the New York Times # 1 best-selling author of Summer Sisters and of young adult classics such as Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events. 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. In 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. Early reviewers have already weighed in: "Like many family stories, this one is not without its life-changing secrets and surprises. There is no surprise that the book is smoothly written, and its story compelling. The setting-the early 1950s-is especially well realized through period references and incidents." -Booklist (starred review) and "In Blume's latest adult novel . . . young and old alike must learn to come to terms with technological disaster and social change. Her novel is characteristically accessible, frequently charming and always deeply human." -Publishers Weekly From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kathleen McInerney

Length:

14h 5m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

03:41


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

56:28


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

01:00:25


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

09:17


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

17:17


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

19:51


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

23:16


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

08:15


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

19:21


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

04:47


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

30:59


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

05:21


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

13:15


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

20:45


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

51:51


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

41:52


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

07:52


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

34:44


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

11:22


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

07:56


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

27:00


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

45:35


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

09:08


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

21:17


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

13:26


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

23:35


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

11:15


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

30:56


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

08:33


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

16:52


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

04:40


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

10:43


Part 4, Chapter 32
Part 4, Chapter 32

50:46


Part 4, Chapter 33
Part 4, Chapter 33

16:20


Part 4, Chapter 34
Part 4, Chapter 34

30:15


Part 4, Chapter 35
Part 4, Chapter 35

01:14:39


Part 4, Chapter 36
Part 4, Chapter 36

01:38


Part 4, Chapter 37
Part 4, Chapter 37

00:31