Sur près de soixante-dix ans et trois générations, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton relate la saga d'une famille noire et déroule l'histoire de la Nouvelle-Orléans, ville symbole de la fracture sociale et raciale américaine, dans un premier roman puissant et lumineux. Entremêlant les destins d'Evelyn, Jackie et T.C. à des moments charnières de leur existence, elle nous montre que si les temps changent, les problèmes des Afro-Américains restent les mêmes dans un pays toujours malade de ses discriminations.
Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War II. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of Black society, and when she falls for no-account Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man she loves.In 1982, Evelyn's daughter, Jackie, is a frazzled single mother grappling with her absent husband's drug addiction. Just as she comes to terms with his abandoning the family, he returns, ready to resume their old life.Jackie's son, T.C., loves the creative process of growing marijuana more than the weed itself. He was a square before Hurricane Katrina, but the New Orleans he knew didn't survive the storm. Fresh out of a four-month stint for drug charges, T.C. decides to start over-until an old friend convinces him to stake his new beginning on one last deal.For Evelyn, Jim Crow is an ongoing reality, and in its wake new threats spring up to haunt her descendants. A Kind of Freedom is an urgent novel that explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history.