When Normal Blew Up

When Normal Blew Up:  The Story of the People Who Died and the People Who Lived On

This book has been very popular over the past few weeks.  Since the 50th anniversary of this tragic event is coming up April 15th this books brings it to the forefront in a powerful, touching way.


In 1967, in the small town of Circleville, Ohio, a man walked into an old-fashioned drug store on a busy Saturday and laid a smoking package on the pharmacy counter in the back. He shouted for everyone to leave, he had a bomb. The store owner grabbed the package and ran down the back hallway. The man chased the owner, grabbed him and struggled to take the package away. A pharmacist saw what was happening, raced after both, and tried to pull the two apart. A clerk was standing at the back door. A bookkeeper was in the back office, unaware. The bomb went off. Five people died that day, leaving five spouses and fifteen children to grieve in silence, and a stunned community to pick up the pieces. Fifty years later, Joni Foster, who was nine at the time and daughter to the pharmacist who died, began a quest to find out in detail who these people were and what exactly happened. Over nine months, she would interview members from each family to hear their stories of what life was like before, what happened that day, and how they moved forward. Most of the people she interviewed had never told their story before to anyone, including members of their own families. The story is a tragedy, a history lesson on the slow, painful emancipation of women, and ultimately a love story to the families trying to live normal lives.

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