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Rachel Beanland: Florence Adler Swims Forever

(Fiction, 320 p. 2020)

In 1934 Florence Adler, while attempting her ambitious goal of becoming the first Jewish woman to swim the English Channel, drowns off the coast of Atlantic City. Shifting among seven different third-person perspectives, the darkly comic novel explores the aftermath of the tragedy as experienced by three generations of the Adler family.

Reading Group Guide (including discussion questions and author interview) from Simon and Schuster (scroll to bottom)

Review from Kirkus Reviews

Review by Allegra Goodman, New York Times, July 7, 2020

Review by Sarah McCraw Crow, BookPage, July 2020

Review by Helene Cohen Bludman, Reform Judaism

Review from Publishers WeeklyVideo presentation by Rachel Beanland on the origins of the novel (3 min.)