Perhaps one of the most recognizable, the most widely read, the most loved, most reviled, most banned and awarded young adult novelists, Judy Blume, is going to have the first novel for adults since 1998 out in June, as reported by ABC. The publisher Alfred Knopf announced that the 76 year old author’s new book, “In the Unlikely Event, ” will be set in the early 1950s and will have several plane crashes in the story line.
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Judy Blume (nee Strassman) began writing for children and young adults when her own children were in grade school. She did not write about talking teddy bears or about fanciful topics, but tackled subjects that were taboo at the time, especially for that age group. Bullying, menstruation, divorce, masturbation and pre-marital sex were all dealt with, guaranteed her banning from school libraries as well as rewards and a devoted readership. Some of her most famous titles are “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, ” “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, ” “Blubber, ” and “Forever.”
Her novels for adults were no less successful, and dealt with themes of death and loneliness. “Wifey, ” “Smart Women, ” and “Summer Sisters” were notable residents on the New York Times Best Seller List and sold millions of copies worldwide. Blume has won 90 literary awards and 3 lifetime achievement awards.