Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez

A huge explosion in New London in 1937 opens this story, which then flashes back to Naomi, a Mexican, and Wash, a Negro, who have fallen in love in a time of deep segregation. No one in this town can cross the racial barriers.  This work of historical fiction is “A powerful, layered tale of forbidden love in times of unrelenting racism.” (author’s note taken from Kirkus Reviews)