This week I finished The White Queen and In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. Yes, THAT Judy Blume. The one and only Judy Blume.
Oh how I loved her books when I was a pre-teen. From Fudge to Tiger Eyes to Are You There God? It's me Margaret, I lived and breathed Judy Blume in the late 1970's and early 1980's. It came full circle when my two daughters both started reading some of Blume's "tamer" novels like Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. And I was so happy to hear that they loved her writing just as much as I had at their age.
I was so excited that I finally got a copy of her newest book (and it's for adults too!!) In the Unlikely Event. I had been on the wait list for quite some time.
What a great story. In The Unlikely Event takes place in the early 1950s when the United States is dealing with the Korean War along with changing social mores. Miri Ammerman is the daughter of a single mother whose father left before she was born. Miri learns to negotiate a difficult adolescence with her loving family as they, and everyone in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, deal with the unexpected and unexplained rash of airplane crashes literally in their backyards.
3 planes fell from the sky over a 2 month period and changed the lives of thousands of people.
This story, while based on factual events is a work of fiction.
The story focuses on how several of the impacted characters deal with this tragedy and then ultimately life as they re-group years later.
The main female protagonist, Miri, is wonderfully developed and you can see the author's gift in creating rich and believable female teenage characters. The story is told from many points of view (over 20) and some of these characters are not as richly developed. One of my biggest challenges was getting engaged in the story early on with the POV continually changing
Many great descriptions of life in the 1950's are included -- from the music to the food to the current events. I really enjoyed reading about life back in the 1950's.
Reading Judy Blume as an adult did not give me the same feelings as when I was a child, but that's ok. I'm not the same person I was 30+ years ago. I grew up, and so did Judy.
Were you a Judy Blume fan as a child? Have you read any of her books as an adult?
This has been a slow reading week for me. I was only able to finish one book this week, but it was a good one!!
The Rosie Effect is the second book from Graeme Simsion. The Rosie Project was his first book and this book picks up where the other left off. Well, not right where the other left off. Rosie and Don are now married and have moved to NYC for Rosie to finish her MD and PhD, and Don is working at Columbia University (where Rosie is also going to school.)
New characters are introduced, and a more human side of Don is displayed.
It was really a fun book, and I highly recommend it.
I also started (just last night!!) Buried Prey by John Sandford.
Patrons at my library branch are always checking out books by John Sandford, but I don't think I've ever written anything by him, so I picked this one. It's got me hooked. I just started chapter 6, and I'm already super curious what is going to happen! From the author: "An entire block on the edge of the Minneapolis loop is being torn down for development, when an unpleasant surprise is unearthed: the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic, underneath an old house. It looks like they've been down there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.
In 1985, Davenport was a young cop just about to be promoted out of uniform, despite a reputation for playing fast and loose with the regulations. A local hockey hero, a womanizer, a superb undercover guy, he was part of the massive police effort that followed the kidnapping of two girls who were never found again, dead or alive. Eventually, the case was closed.
But not for Davenport. Now, with the bodies discovered, he has the chance to investigate the kidnappings all over again, and the deeper he probes, the more one thing becomes clear: It wasn't just the bodies that were buried. It was the truth."
So that's what I'm reading these days. What are you reading???