Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Necessary Lies

 Necessary Lies


Author: Diane Chamberlain 

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Year: 2013

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Synopsis: After losing her parents, fifteen-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, NC 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?


Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain is not my usual genre, but it was my book club’s October read and I enjoyed it. Ivy and Jane are interesting and compelling characters. The book dealt with poverty, racism and eugenics. Who decides what is best for under educated people living in poverty? And what happens when those decisions clash with someone’s hopes and dreams? This was was a powerful and thought provoking read! 

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