Inspiré d’une histoire vraie qui allait marquer un tournant dans la société américaine, ce roman raconte l’amour interdit de Mildred Jeter et Richard Loving, dans la campagne de Virginie. L’été 1958, en pleine nuit, le shérif fait irruption dans leur chambre. Leur seul crime : s’aimer.
Car le Sud, dans les années 1950, punit toujours les unions mixtes. Or Mildred a hérité du teint sombre de ses ancêtres noirs et indiens. Richard, lui, est blanc. Leur certificat de mariage de Washington, punaisé sur un des murs, n’y change rien. Jetés en prison, ils seront condamnés, puis finalement bannis du comté et de Virginie, jusqu’à ce que des avocats travaillant pour le mouvement des droits civiques adoptent leur cause et portent l’affaire devant la Cour suprême.
Cinquante ans plus tard… Alors que Barack Obama vient d’être élu à la tête des États-Unis, John Bouvier, journaliste à l’Alexandria Chronicle, découvre cette histoire méconnue qui l’intrigue, et bientôt le passionne, en interviewant Harry Connors, l’ancien homme fort de Virginie dans les années 50 et 60. Le jeune journaliste doit écrire le portrait du politicien vieillissant. Gouverneur, puis sénateur, Harry Connors a défendu bec et ongles la ségrégation. Il a tout fait pour contrarier l’amour des Loving. Mais dans sa course effrénée au pouvoir, le sénateur a dû enfouir ses propres démons. John Bouvier va les sortir au grand jour…


Détails sur le produit

  • Broché : 336 pages
  • Editeur : BAKER STREET EDITIONS (1 juillet 2020)
  • Langue : Français
  • ISBN-10 : 2917559594
  • ISBN-13 : 978-2917559598
  • Dimensions du produit : 20,6 x 3 x 14,1 cm



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