Dolen Perkins Valdez
1973, Alabama. Civil Townsend est une jeune infirmière afro-américaine, fraîchement diplômée et embauchée dans un planning familial à Montgomery. Convaincue de l'utilité de son travail, elle est toute dévouée à ses patientes et assure les suivis de grossesse, mais aussi les prescriptions de contraceptifs aux jeunes filles à sa charge.
Lorsqu'elle rencontre Erica et India Williams, treize et onze ans, la vie de Civil va radicalement changer. Car, très vite, elle s'interroge : pourquoi doit-elle leur imposer une contraception alors qu'elles sont si jeunes ? Est-ce que la famille a donné son accord ? Prise de doutes, Civil commence à enquêter sur les pratiques en place dans le milieu médical de son époque. Au risque de perdre son emploi, elle mettra tout en oeuvre pour dévoiler une des politiques les plus innommables des États-Unis.
Inspiré de faits réels qui ont profondément marqué l'Amérique, ce roman est un témoignage percutant et émouvant, une leçon d'espoir et de dignité.
AS SEEN ON BBC2 BETWEEN THE COVERS ''An utterly gripping tale from start to finish, Take My Hand is storytelling at its finest'' Glamour ''From its devastating (and soon-to-be-classic) opening line comes a story that''s based on real-life events . . . shot through with spirit and hope, it''s one hell of a book'' Stylist ---------------- THE PAGE-TURNING WORD OF MOUTH HIT THAT WILL OPEN YOUR EYES AND BREAK YOUR HEART Montgomery, Alabama. 1973. Fresh out of nursing school, Civil Townsend has big plans to make a difference in her community. She wants to help women make their own choices for their lives and bodies.
But when her first week on the job takes her down a dusty country road to a tumbledown cabin and into the heart of the Williams family, Civil learns there is more to her new role than she bargained for. Neither of the two young sisters has even kissed a boy, but they are poor and Black, and for those handling their welfare benefits, that''s reason enough to have them on birth control. When Civil discovers a terrible injustice, she must choose between carrying out instructions or following her heart and decides to risk everything to stand up for what is right.
Inspired by true events and a shocking chapter of recent history, Take My Hand is a novel that will open your eyes and break your heart. An unforgettable story about love and courage, it is also a timely and uplifting reminder that one person can change the world.
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***** ''Utterly riveting, heartbreaking, unforgettable . . . This is one book you won''t forget in a hurry'' ***** ''This book is an absolute masterpiece . . . left me shaking my head and just saying "Wow" over and over again'' ***** ''A gut-wrenching journey of heartbreak, revelation and a quest for justice . . . will remain in your heart forever. This is a must-read!'' ***** ''Fans of The Color Purple, The Help, Where Crawdads Sing and To Kill A Mockingbird will love this'' ***** ''Profound and emotionally gripping . . . Not only should this be in every book club, it''s also a page-turning narrative that keeps you glued to the page with sharp wit and captivating humanity''
- 12 Mai 2022
A nurse at the Family Planning Clinic in Montgomery Alabama, Civil Townsend is passionate about putting choice into women''s hands. She brings the option of birth control to their doorsteps, and with it the right to determine their own destinies. Or so she believes. When she is assigned to administer birth control to two school-age Black girls, the Williams sisters, who live off an old unpaved road in a shack without running water, Civil can''t help but feel uneasy. She grows close to the family and becomes fiercely invested in their well-being. And then she makes a shocking discovery: the girls have been involuntarily sterilized. Civil is shocked that such a terrible mistake could have taken place, and vows to get to the bottom of it. She soon learns that this is no isolated event but a pattern, far more serious than she could ever have imagined, targeting poor Black women. Could her clinic be responsible? Had she and her fellow Black nurses been complicit? No matter how ugly, Civil is determined for the truth to be brought to light. Based on true events, Take My Hand brims with hope, compassion, and the burning pursuit of justice.