Judy Blume's new novel for adults centers on real tragedies

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Judy Blume's New Novel for Adults Centers on Real Tragedies

Judy Blume is back with her first novel for adults in more than 15 years.

Blume announced her latest novel, due out in summer 2015, will be called "In the Unlikely Event."

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Author and producer Judy Blume attends 'Tiger Eyes' New York Premiere at AMC Empire on June 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Author and producer Judy Blume attends 'Tiger Eyes' New York Premiere at AMC Empire on June 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
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Author Judy Blume speaks after receiving the 2004 National Book Foundation Medal for distinguished contribution to American letters, at the 55th National Book Awards held in New York City, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
Author Judy Blume poses in her New York apartment May 1, 1998. Blume, whose books have long been favorites of pre-teen girls, hopes to bring her readers full circle with "Summer Sisters," her first adult novel in ten years. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)
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Judy Blume sits with George Cooper at the Literary Arts Ball in Chicago, Nov. 18, 1984. Ms. Blume, the author of controversial fiction dealing with adolescent issues, received the Freedom to Read Award at the benefit for the Chicago Public Library. Last week, three of her books were banned in school libraries in Peoria, Ill., because of their "objectionable sexual content." (AP Photo/Charles Bennett)
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The 76-year-old author wrote she began researching the novel in 2009 and said she's excited it's almost ready for her fans.

The book will revolve around several airplane crashes that actually took place in New Jersey between 1951 and '52.

In 2010, NJ Today looked at old newspaper accounts and explained the three passenger-plane crashes, all of which ended in numerous fatalities, caused the Newark Airport to be shut down. It was later reopened.

As with all of Blume's novels, the characters who react to these events will be the heart of the story.

Blume was a teenager when the crashes took place. She told People it was a "crazy time" that was "incomprehensible to us as teenagers."

Blume's last novel for adults was "Summer Sisters" published in 1998, which means she'll have been on a 17-year hiatus from that market by the time her latest novel comes out in 2015. Blume did write children's books during that time.

The author is perhaps best known for books like "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" and the "Fudge" series. More than 85 million copies of Blume's books have been sold, so we're sure anxious fans will snatch up this book, which is available for pre-order on several sites.

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