Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland
An emotional story based on the writer's own family
Synopsis: In the Summer of 1934 the Jewish Addler family has a lot going on. Florence Addler returns home from college to practice for a swim across the English Channel. Her sister Fannie is on strict bed rest in the hospital during a pregnancy. Florence and Fannie’s parents Joseph and Esther are looking after Gussie, Fannie’s 7-year-old daughter while Fannie is in the hospital. They also have another house guest for the summer, a young woman named Anna from Germany, who is the daughter of one of Joseph’s childhood friends.
Told through alternating view points of each family member and some of their dearest friends, this family saga is a brilliant debut showcasing how far family will go to protect each other, and how we can survive and thrive after experiencing trauma.
My thoughts/feelings: WOW! This book was not at all what I expected! I have read books about family secrets, but never a secret like this one. I loved that this story is based on the author's own family. That made reading about the Adler family feel all the more special.
I absolutely loved that the story was told from each family member's point of view. I feel like this gave the story a very well rounded experience of the Adler family.
"Our pasts are important, no?"
"Every family has its issues."
"But then I became a parent, and I had my answer. You give your children every possible chance."
Thank you to NetGalley, Simon and Schuster and Rachel Beanland for the advanced copy of Florence Adler Swims Forever in exchange for my honest review.