Ellen McGinty: sexy, impulsive, loud-mouthed, chock full of regrets. In middle age she sells the house she raised her daughters in, slips off the shell of her old life, and steps out for a first, tentative foray into real contentment - directly into the path of a man twenty years her junior. Through the eyes of her lover, Matt, her ex-husband, Larry, her two daughters, her grandson, and a friend who both supports and betrays her, her story explodes into multiple points of view.
Three weeks into their marriage, Ross and Iliana Alexander get into a car accident that leaves Iliana paralyzed. Ross struggles with his guilt while Iliana learns to live with her new condition, processes complicated by Ross's too-close relationship with his twin sister Bonnie and her young son. Two years later, trying to start anew, they are running a café when Bonnie arrives with her son, stirring up unresolved tensions.
2004. Jane is shocked to see a familiar face on the front page of her paper - Sonia, a lost friend accused of terrorism, who has just been released after twenty years in prison. The memories of her university housemates come flooding back: Sonia, who yearned to save the world's children from nuclear war; the Marxist-leaning Dieter; and the anarcho-feminist-pacifist Pete, who all drew Jane into NAG, an anti-nuclear group. Planning to cross the border and chain themselves to a Boeing factory fence, everything changed when a bomb exploded.
Essai de l'historien sur les remises en cause de la position dominante et de l'influence mondiale des Etats-Unis depuis les années 1990. Il s'interroge sur les facteurs à même d'expliquer l'arrivée de D. Trump au pouvoir et sur les conséquences politiques sur le plan intérieur et extérieur.