Published January 5, 2024

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library and Virginia Humanities are pleased to announce Rachel Beanland’s Florence Adler Swims Forever, winner of the 2020 National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction, as the 2024 Same Page Community Read selection. 

About the Book

Florence Adler Swims Forever (2020), a family saga set in Atlantic City during the summer of 1934, is “a breathtaking portrait of just how far we will go to in order to protect our loved ones and an uplifting portrayal of how the human spirit can endure—and even thrive—after tragedy” (Simon & Schuster). 

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. She lives with her husband and three children in Richmond, Virginia. She has taught creative writing at the College of William & Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University and is the 2023–2024 Writer in Residence at the University of Richmond. 

About Same Page Community Read

Each year, JMRL invites all book lovers to participate in the Same Page Community Read throughout March, providing residents with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their community by an author appearing at the Virginia Festival of the Book, a program of Virginia Humanities.

Same Page Community Read is generously funded by the Friends of JMRL, supported by the Art and Jane Hess Fund of the Library Endowment and Virginia Festival of the Book (a program of Virginia Humanities).

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