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Rachel Beanland book selected for Same Page Community Read ahead of Festival of the Book

An award-winning family drama has been chosen for the Same Page Community Read. Jefferson-Madison Regional Library and Virginia Humanities have announced that Rachel Beanland’s “Florence Adler Swims Forever” is this year’s selection.

The annual Same Page Community Read gives book lovers throughout the community an opportunity to read the same book by an author who will appear at the Virginia Festival of the Book in March.

“Florence Adler Swims Forever” is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in the summer of 1934. Publisher Simon & Schuster calls the book “a breathtaking 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 tragedy.” The book won the 2020 National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction.

Beanland is the 2023-2024 Writer in Residence at the University of Richmond. She has taught creative writing at the College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Beanland graduated from the University of South Carolina and earned her master of fine arts degree in creative writing from VCU. She lives in Richmond with her husband and three children.

Information about Same Page Community Read discussions, events and programs being scheduled for March will be released soon.

The Virginia Festival of the Book is a program of Virginia Humanities. Same Page Community Read is funded by the Friends of JMRL, supported by the Art and Jane Hess Fund of the Library Endowment and Virginia Festival of the Book. For details, go to


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