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Celebrate the paperback release of the bestselling novel FLORENCE ADLER SWIMS FOREVER with the author, Rachel Beanland! Award-winning author of THESE GHOSTS ARE FAMILY, Maisy Card will interview Rachel during this virtual event. Rachel will discuss the inspiration behind her novel that USA Today named one of the "Best Books of 2020". FLORENCE ADLER SWIMS FOREVER follows three generations of the Adler family grappling with heartbreak, romance, and family secrets over the course of one summer. Our Unlikely bookseller Annie staff picked FLORENCE and said it's a "Bittersweet story tenderly delivered and with nuanced characters. The seven multiple points of view were distinctive, in-depth, and engaging. The setting, Atlantic City in the summer of 1934, sizzled with energy--I could practically hear the waves crashing and smell the salt air! The darkness encroaching on those of the Jewish faith during this time period is delicately and honestly depicted. The story opens with tragedy but ends with a strong sense of hope and the enduring devotion of family. Beautifully written! A stunning debut by Rachel Beanland!" Save your spot in the free event below. 

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“The perfect summer read” (USA TODAY) begins with a shocking tragedy that results in three generations of the Adler family grappling with heartbreak, romance, and the weight of family secrets over the course of one summer.

*A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice * One of USA TODAY’s “Best Books of 2020” * One of Good Morning America’s “25 Novels You'll Want to Read This Summer” * One of Parade’s “26 Best Books to Read This Summer”

Atlantic City, 1934. 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.

Now, Florence has returned from college, determined to spend the summer training to swim the English Channel, and Fannie, pregnant again after recently losing a baby, is on bedrest for the duration of her pregnancy. After Joseph insists they take in a mysterious young woman whom he recently helped emigrate from Nazi Germany, the apartment is bursting at the seams.

Esther 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, 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.

“Readers of Emma Straub and Curtis Sittenfeld will devour this richly drawn debut family saga” (Library Journal) that’s based on a true story and is a breathtaking portrayal of how the human spirit can endure—and even thrive—after tragedy.

Rachel Beanland is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and earned her MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives with her husband and three children in Richmond, Virginia. Florence Adler Swims Forever is her first novel.

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Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Florence Adler Swims Forever: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982132477
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 1st, 2021

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

These Ghosts Are Family: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982117443
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 5th, 2021

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