Judy Blume to Publish First Novel in More Than 10 Years

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Judy Blume to Publish First Novel in More Than 10 Years

Judy Blume is set to return with a new novel, but now the iconic children’s author is turning her focus to an adult audience.

Not since Summer Sisters in 1998 has Blume tread the delicate intricacies of adulthood in her writing. Though primarily known for her Super-Fudge stories and the coming-of-age novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Blume announced her plunge into less practiced paths through a recent barrage of new press.

As Blume’s editor Carole Baron informed The New York Times ArtsBeat, “It’s pure Judy Blume, writing about family and about friendships, about love, about betrayal. It’s quintessential Judy.”

To see such memorable themes played out on an aged stage, with a fresh, adult take on Blume’s carefully crafted childhood world, is as a tempting future. A future, however, that feels far away, as the book is slated for release sometime in 2015.

Luckily, we’re not the only ones to lose sleep over it. As always, Blume is there for us to lean on in times of confusion, and lend a supportive voice. As publisher Alfred A. Knopf shared in a statement with The New York Times, Blume said, “I’m both thrilled and terrified, my usual feelings at this point. I’ll be hiding out this summer revising, my favorite part of the process.”

We’ll see you on the other side of the season, Judy.