I recently read “Florence Adler Swims Forever” by Rachel Beanland. While this is not a review, there are going to be spoilers, so read with caution. Also, What I’m revealing happens within the first two chapters of the book, so there’s that…
The book is set during the summer in Atlantic City. There are two sisters: one is having a difficult pregnancy after having miscarried previously. She is on bedrest in the hospital. Her younger sister is practicing for a swim across the English Channel.
In the first chapter, the swimming sister dies while practicing.
The family makes the decision not to tell the pregnant sister that her sibling has died.
They go as far as to not have any mourning rituals for the swimmer- no large funeral, no sitting Shiva (the traditional Jewish mourning ritual)
The family tells the hospital staff to keep it quiet, and make sure the pregnant sister gets a private room with no access to newspapers and radio, just in case…
The family made the decision that telling the pregnant sister would be detrimental to her health.
They lie for three months.
Is there such a thing as lying for the greater good?
Given this scenario, what would you do?
Would you lie to someone if you thought they couldn’t physically or mentally handle the truth?
If you were Mother of the girls, would you be worried about your living daughter and worry that you would lose her too?
Can lying be better than telling the truth?
How far do you go to protect your child?