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Judy Blume is Publishing a Novel for Adults

Beloved young adult writer’s new book is described as ‘quintessential Judy’

by
Sara Ivry
June 25, 2014
Judy Blume with Sofia Coppola and Sarah Flack on November 13, 2003 in New York City. (Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Judy Blume with Sofia Coppola and Sarah Flack on November 13, 2003 in New York City. (Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Shhhh, now! Listen closely to the gasps of glee escaping across this vast land for happy news is out: Judy Blume will publish a new novel next year for adults! It’ll be her first novel targeting the older set since Summer Sisters came out 16 years ago. Carole Baron, Blume’s editor at A.A. Knopf, tells the New York Times the still untitled book is “pure Judy Blume, writing about family and about friendships, about love, about betrayal. It’s quintessential Judy.”

Blume, who briefly figures in Joanna Rakoff’s My Salinger Year looking askance at the placement of her books on the shelves in the offices of a former agent, says she’ll spend the summer revising her manuscript.

If you’re a reader who has yet to indulge in Blume’s oeuvre but you want to bone up before the new book comes out, I suggest you get started with Starring Sally J. Friedman as Herself, before moving on to Deenie, Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, Forever, and other classics.

Sara Ivry is the host of Vox Tablet, Tablet Magazine’s weekly podcast. Follow her on Twitter@saraivry.

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