2020 JCC Book Fest & Visiting Author Series

Rachel Beanland | Florence Adler Swims Forever

Virtual Author Event

October 20, 2020 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Time: 7:00pm     Day: Tuesday     Ages: All Ages     Price: $8 - $10

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JCC Virtual Book Fest Series Pass 2020
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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.


This event is presented in collaboration with the the Jewish Book Council. Rachel will present her book and answer questions. To purchase books in advance, our bookstore partners online: Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW) and Page 1 Books (5850 Eubank Blvd NE). 

Tickets are $8 for JCC Members and $10 for Non-Members.

Upon registering, you will be sent a link for the Zoom event. 

Questions? Call 332-0565 x 4518.