26 2020

Florence Adler Swims Forever: Book Discussion with author Rachel Beanland

2:00PM - 4:00PM  

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Florence Adler Swims Forever

Book Discussion with local Virginia author as part of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival, in partnership with the Weinstein JCC of Richmond


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

2:00 pm

Via Zoom

Pre-registration required. 


In the early 1930’s, Atlantic City was the Jewish Riviera.  Families flocked to “America’s Playground” every summer, looking to enjoy lazy days at the beach and weekly Sabbaths spent together under one roof.  Even the looming threat of war across the Atlantic wasn’t yet interfering with the fun.  The Adler family is one such family, settling in to enjoy another wonderful summer.  When tragedy strikes, the family must come to terms with the truth in their own way.  Based on a true story, Beanland’s family saga is a breath-taking portrait of just how far we will go in order to protect our loved ones and an uplifting portrayal of how the human spirit can endure, and even thrive, after a tragedy.


Rachel Beanland writes fiction and essays and is the author of her debut novel, Florence Adler Swims Forever.  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.  She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and three children.


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