The Girl: “Mom, did you know you’re quoted in the new Judy Blume book?”
This announcement greets me as I’m preparing dinner, as I tend to do.
“Um … excuse me, what, sweetie?”
She holds out the paperback version of In the Unlikely Event and there it is.
(As a friend pointed out, my blurb has MY NAME where all the others just list the publication. My name … in Judy Blume’s book!)
Here’s the best part about this. Obviously, I read an ARC (advanced reader’s copy) of this one and wrote my review (from whence this blurb came) for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in June 2015.
Fast forward a year. This summer, Judy Blume visited Pittsburgh on her tour promoting the paperback edition. Of course The Girl and I were there, among a sold-out crowd. As part of our ticket price, we were given a copy of the book, which I had her sign. Little did I know, my review (and did I mention my name?!) was included!
Needless to say, I had no idea. I’m completely stunned. I’ve provided a blurb upon request, but to my knowledge I’ve never been blurbed like this before and certainly not in a novel by one of literature’s icons.
What an absolute thrill!