The book cover for Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland

Rachel Beanland, Florence Adler Swims Forever

Author Rachel Beanland discusses her debut novel, Florence Adler Swims Forever, with JCC of Metro Detroit Assistant Executive Director Heidi Budaj.

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Atlantic City, Summer of 1934. Esther and Joseph Adler live in the apartment above their bakery where they raised their daughters. Florence is home from college determined to spend the summer training to swim the English Channel. Fannie, pregnant again, is on bedrest after losing a baby. When tragedy strikes, Esther makes the shocking decision to hide the truth 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. Based on a true story, Rachel Beanland’s family saga is a breathtaking portrait of how the human spirit can endure – and even thrive after tragedy.

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A headshot of the author Rachel Beanland.

About the Author:
Rachel Beanland is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and earned her MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. This is her first novel.

About the Moderator:
Heidi Budaj is an Assistant Executive Director of the JCC of Metro Detroit, where she oversees community outreach. She has worked with many Jewish organizations around metro Detroit, including a previous term as Director of the Detroit Jewish Book Fair.


Dec 09 2020


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Dec 09 2020
  • Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Rachel Beanland, Florence Adler Swims Forever