“What percentage of your readers would you say cry upon meeting you?”
It was a funny, yet fair, question that Samantha Bee, best known for her more than ten-year-run as a correspondent on The Daily Show, warmly asked a humble Judy Blume, as hundreds of fans looked on.
“If they cry, I cry,” the beloved author answered—perfectly. As we all knew Judy would. Because Judy always knows what to say—or write—in order to make a teenage girl (or full-fledged adult for that matter!) feel heard. And understood.
Judy said “If they cry, I cry,” and you could sense the smiles on everyone’s faces in the darkened auditorium.
And someone probably cried.
From the moment I walked into the 92nd Street Y on the Upper East Side of New York City that lovely June evening, the heightened awareness that someone very special was in our midst was palpable. See for yourself why everyone loves Judy Blume:
“Narrator Kathleen McInerney creates a vibrant audio version of the interlocked lives, families, and generations in Judy Blume’s arresting, sometimes harrowing, new novel…Well matched with Blume’s narrative control, McInerney’s vocal technique is marvelously flexible, distinguishing with easy shifts of tone a 9-year-old girl from a 15-year-old, not to mention men from women, and the midde-aged from the elderly. Together, they make this powerfully imagined, intricately plotted story unforgettable.“—AudioFile
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