Best-selling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town 50 years ago, and the darkest - and most hopeful - places in the human heart. After losing her parents, 15-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister, and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness, and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.
When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed. She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients' lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband. But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm - secrets much darker than she would have guessed.
Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong. Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy. Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: How can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?
©2013 Diane Chamberlain (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
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My first introduction to American eugenics programs was through Jodi Picoult's book Second Glance. I was deeply moved by the subject, but have rarely run across it since until [book:Necessary Lies|17286747]. The story was gripping and well balanced by the characters maintaining an accurate world view for the time period (1960's), the author clearly being cautious not to modernize the characters' outlook on life and the world around them, ensuring that they were influenced by an accurately depicted 1960's society. The story is absolutely riveting, equally heart-wrenching and heart-warming, and the characters each completely unique, entirely genuine, and full of color. I highly recommend this work for anyone interested in eugenics, historical fiction, or even anyone who just thrives on an excellently told story.
The performance was also incredibly wonderful.
Wonderful story! I normally read murder/ mystery books, but I'll be looking into more by this author. Story held my interest from beginning to end.
I enjoy Diane Chamberlain, and this novel didn't disappoint. I enjoyed it, but I didn't LOVE it. The just seemed a bit sluggish in certain parts, and left me easily distracted. I would still recommend anything written by Diane Chamberlain to anyone who wants to read a light, yet somewhat emotional story.
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I’m so surprised that I have never come across Diane Chamberlain’s books before 2013! Where was she hiding? Was I just under a rock?
This is the 3rd book I’ve read by this author (the other two were The Midwife’s Confession and the Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes) and thanks to her prolific output (over 20 novels), I am guaranteed to be entertained by her many many more times!
Diane Chamberlain is now to me one of those authors that you’ll read because her name is on the cover without even reading the book synopsis. If you’re already a fan I suspect you think so too and therefore no matter what I tell you regarding this novel – you’ll read it anyway.
The story was very interesting and educational; centering around a social worker and her clients in the 1960s during a time when the state (North Carolina in this case) mandated sterilization for people with all sorts of “deficiencies”. I easily think we all equate Eugenics with Nazi Germany, but I never really gave much thought to the cases in North America. It was quite thought provoking!
No one brings to life the people in the story as does Diane Chamberlain. I do not read romance but her other books are just fabulous! Can't wait for more of her at Audible.
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