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Couch Surfing Book Tour

Rachel Beanland

Warwick’s, Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke present
Rachel Beanland
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Couch Surfing Book Tour

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 3:00pm PDT

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This Virtual Author Event features Rachel Beanland as she discusses her new book, Florence Adler Swims Forever. Rachel Beanland writes fiction and essays. Her essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction and Broad Street, among other places. She has an MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University and holds bachelor’s degrees in art history and journalism from the University of South Carolina. Before turning to writing full-time, Rachel worked in public relations and nonprofit management. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and three children.

Atlantic City, 1934. The beaches are packed, but the crowds won’t deter Florence Adler, home from college and determined to spend her summer training to swim the English Chanel. Training is a welcome respite from Florence’s family’s crowded apartment. Every summer, Esther and Joseph Adler rent their house out to vacationers escaping to “America’s Playground” and move into the small apartment above their bakery. Despite the cramped quarters, this is the apartment where they raised their two daughters, Fannie and Florence, and it always feels like home. This year, the apartment is especially full. Fannie, pregnant again after recently losing a baby, is on bedrest for the duration of her pregnancy, and her seven-year-old daughter Gussie has moved in. After Joseph insists they take in a mysterious young woman, Anna, whom he recently helped emigrate from Nazi Germany, the apartment is bursting at the seams. Despite the chaos, Esther looks forward to having three generations under one roof. She only wants to keep her daughters close and safe but some matters are beyond her control: there’s Fannie’s risky pregnancy—not to mention her always-scheming husband, Isaac—and the fact that the handsome heir of a hotel notorious for its anti-Semitic policies, seems to be in love with Florence. When tragedy strikes during one of Florence’s swim practices, Esther makes the shocking decision to hide the truth—at least until Fannie’s baby is born—and pulls the family into an elaborate web of secret-keeping and lies, bringing long-buried tensions to the surface that reveal how quickly the act of protecting those we love can turn into betrayal.

Florence Adler Swims Forever: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982132460
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 7th, 2020