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Mathilde would like to be a chocolate-maker but she’s over-qualified for it. She doesn’t go out much and doesn’t like dressing up. What she really enjoys is watching Miss France contests on TV while she eats Breton biscuits dunked in milk. Mathilde was traumatised when, aged seven, she was told Romy Schneider had died. Sometimes she tries to be like her. Mathilde is now thirty-four, and she is still thinking about Julien, but her best friend Éléonore can’t understand why and is trying to find her a more suitable candidate.
Lucien is a paediatrician, he loves films that feature Jean-Louis Trintignant and Deauville, particularly because of Claude Lelouch. He doesn’t much like dancing. That goes back to his youth and the first failed parties. He’s never been very good at making friends, and he still sends his parents a Happy New Year card every year. He’s thirty-five and single, and he’d really like that to change. But he’s not very good at texting so it won’t be easy.
Mathilde and Lucien live in the same building but they don’t know it. One evening a new neighbour invites them both to a fancy-dress party.
White Should go on Forever tells the story of the tragic-comic interconnections of two different kinds of loneliness, two sentimental souls lost in a world that no longer does sentimentality.
Virginie Carton was born in Lille in 1972. Her first novel, Des Amours dérisoires (Grasset, 2012), was translated into several languages.
Lucien est pédiatre, il aime les films avec Jean-Louis Trintignant, et Deauville. Il n’aime pas tellement danser. Ça remonte à son enfance, à l’époque des premières boums ratées. Chaque année, au Nouvel An, il envoie une carte de voeux à ses parents. À trente-cinq ans, il est célibataire. Il aimerait bien que ça change. Mais il n’est pas très à l’aise avec les SMS, alors c’est pas gagné.
Mathilde et Lucien habitent le même immeuble mais ne le savent pas.
Un jour, le nouveau voisin les invite à sa soirée déguisée. La Blancheur qu’on croyait éternelle est l’histoire de deux solitudes, deux sentimentaux perdus dans un monde plus vraiment sentimental.