Florence Adler Swims Forever
Tues Oct 20 | 7 pm
Set in Atlantic City in 1934, “Florence Adler Swims Forever” tells the story of a Jewish family
struggling to conceal the drowning of a cherished daughter for fear that her pregnant sister, Fannie, will lose her baby. Taking each family member in turn, Beanland writes of this tragic death and tender secret from the point of view of Fannie’s daughter, 7-year-old Gussie; Fannie’s husband, Isaac; and her parents, Joseph and Esther Adler. The narrative expands to include the perspective of the Adlers’ young refugee boarder, Anna, and the handsome non-Jewish lifeguard Stuart. All conspire to keep Fannie ignorant while she endures high blood pressure and bed rest: “We can’t tell Fannie. Not when the pregnancy is already so precarious.”
Rachel Beanland is the author of the debut novel, Florence Adler Swims Forever, which was released in July of this year by Simon & Schuster. The book was selected as the Barnes & Noble Book Club pick for July, and was named a Featured Debut by Amazon and an Indie Next pick by the American Booksellers Association. Rachel has an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and lives in Richmond, Virginia with her family.