Necessary Lies by Diane ChamberlainNecessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

Necessary Lies

byDiane Chamberlain

Hardcover | May 5, 2016

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Bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town fifty years ago, and the darkest-and most hopeful-places in the human heart

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, 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?

DIANE CHAMBERLAIN is the bestselling author of twenty-one novels published in more than eleven languages. She lives in North Carolina with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her shelties, Keeper and Cole.
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Title:Necessary LiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.43 × 6.43 × 1.22 inPublished:May 5, 2016Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781250010698

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I was more emotionally involved with this one than i have been in any book for a while. Its a great read.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Riveting Read! Diane Chamberlain does it again! In Necessary Lies, the reader easily falls in love with each of the main characters. In the southern states during the 1960s, race tensions were at a high and class distinctions were separate and linear. Jane, a well-to-do advocate and new social worker struggles with how she perceives her world and the worlds of her clients. She attempts to fit in her husband's preconceived mold of what it means to be a physician's wife while pursuing her own career and dreams. As she cares for her clients and does her best to address their needs, the difference in lifestyle and expectations are mind-blowing to her. Her darling client who she sees a spark in, Ivy also has big dreams to one day become a teacher and have a family of her own as she struggles to care for her grandmother, sister and her sister's baby. However, throw in eugenics and how broken the social service system is and you'll easily despise "norms" and "expectations" that are outlined for all characters.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Cannot get enough of Diane chamberlain always a great read
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. From the compelling and poignant story line to the wonderful casts of characters that are so easy to get attached to, I loved almost everything about this book. I also loved how the story wraps up (that was actually my favorite part of the book!)and how the last couple chapters lets the reader know how the life of each character turned out. I also liked how realistic the book was. Clearly, the author had made a lot of research about the time and place her story was set in, and I feel it added a lot to the book. I also appreciated that neither the characters nor the issues felt exaggerated in this book. Furthermore, I liked how this book tackles controversial issues. The story in Necessary Lies is centered around the Eugenics Board of North Carolina in the 1960's. This board had the responsibility to authorize the sterilization of boys and girls (or men and women) that were considered feeble-minded or mentally deficient, often without their consent. This book forces readers to think and get informed about these issues. This was the first book I read that was written by Diane Chamberlain, but it will most definitely not be the last. I find this author really has a way with words and has a unique way of presenting complex characters and describing their emotions. I highly recommend this book to fans of realistic and historical fiction books.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching Story I bought this as a hardcover for the cheap cost, but the read was worth many $'s more!
Date published: 2016-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I really enjoyed this book. Dealing with a sensitive, controversial subject the book could have been preachy and overly biased. However, the theme is introduced via an impoverished family and a young, inexperienced social worker. The reader becomes involved in the lives of the main character. The protagonist is idealistic and makes some poor choices, but this makes her relatable. The book is easy to read, yet the characters have depth and are likeable making this a difficult book to put down. If there was a 4 plus rating, I would have given it that.
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Necessary lies Great book! you really care about the lives of these people, they seem real. Disturbing to think it was based on a program that was legal for many years.
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Necessary Lies An excellent read and attention grabbing from the beginning! True to life characters and the writer makes you feel as though you're a part of the family! Loved it!
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read A great read and a page turner. I enjoyed being taken back into time. Although it is fiction the novel seem very accurate with regards to issues and things that take place in this time period. I couldn't wait to see the outcome for the characters as I felt I really got to know them.
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Necessary lies Great book ordered it awhile ago and was almost not going to read it. Soooo glad I did.
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Necessary Lies I could not stop to read. It is one of the best books I have ever read. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Necessary Lies Necessary reading for everyone. Great.
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Necessary Lies This is a fantastic book...Diane chamberlain at her best...you want a great book, guaranteed not too put down until the last page is turned.
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Necessary Lies This is by far one of the best books I've read lately!!! I highly recommend it
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Necessary Lies Characters seemed so real. Loved the book
Date published: 2014-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Excellent book. Kept me wanting more.
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Loved it!
Date published: 2013-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Wonderful!!! Loved every minute I spent reading!!
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible Wonderful!!! Loved every minute I spent reading!!
Date published: 2013-10-04

Read from the Book

JUNE 22, 20111Brenna It was an odd request—visit a stranger’s house and peer inside a closet—and as I drove through the neighborhood searching for the address, I felt my anxiety mounting.There it was: number 247. I hadn’t expected the house to be so large. It stood apart from its neighbors on the gently winding road, flanked on either side by huge magnolia trees, tall oaks, and crape myrtle. It was painted a soft buttery yellow with white trim, and everything about it looked crisp and clean in the early morning sun. Every house I’d passed, although different in architecture, had the same stately yet inviting look. I didn’t know Raleigh well at all, but this had to be one of the most beautiful old neighborhoods in the city.I parked close to the curb and headed up the walk. Potted plants lined either side of the broad steps that led up to the wraparound porch. I glanced at my watch. I had an hour before I needed to be back at the hotel. No rush, though my nerves were really acting up. There was so much I hoped would go well today, and so much of it was out of my control.I rang the bell and heard it chime inside the house. I could see someone pass behind the sidelight and then the door opened. The woman—forty, maybe? At least ten years younger than me—smiled, although that didn’t mask her harried expression. I felt bad for bothering her this early. She wore white shorts, a pink striped T-shirt, and tennis shoes, and sported a glowing tan. She was the petite, toned, and well-put-together sort of woman that always made me feel sloppy, even though I knew I looked fine in my black pants and blue blouse.“Brenna?” She ran her fingers through her short-short, spiky blond hair.“Yes,” I said. “And you must be Jennifer.”Jennifer peered behind me. “She’s not with you?” she asked.I shook my head. “I thought she’d come, but at the last minute she said she just couldn’t.”Jennifer nodded. “Today must be really hard for her.” She took a step back from the doorway. “Come on in,” she said. “My kids are done with school for the summer, but they have swim-team practice this morning, so we’re in luck. We have the house to ourselves. The kids are always too full of questions.”“Thanks.” I walked past her into the foyer. I was glad no one else was home. I wished I had the house totally to myself, to be honest. I would have loved to explore it. But that wasn’t why I was here.“Can I get you anything?” Jennifer asked. “Coffee?”“No, I’m good, thanks.”“Well, come on then. I’ll show you.”She led me to the broad, winding staircase and we climbed it without speaking, my shoes on the shiny dark hardwood treads making the only sound.“How long have you been in the house?” I asked when we reached the second story.“Five years,” she said. “We redid everything. I mean, we painted every single room and every inch of molding. And every closet, too, except for that one.”“Why didn’t you paint that one?” I asked as I followed her down a short hallway.“The woman we bought the house from specifically told us not to. She said that the couple she’d bought the house from had also told her not to, but nobody seemed to understand why not. The woman we bought it from showed us the writing. My husband thought we should just paint over it—I think he was spooked by it—but I talked him out of it. It’s a closet. What would it hurt to leave it unpainted?” We’d reached the closed door at the end of the hall. “I had no idea what it meant until I spoke to you on the phone.” She pushed open the door. “It’s my daughter’s room now,” she said, “so excuse the mess.”It wasn’t what I’d call messy at all. My twin daughters’ rooms had been far worse. “How old’s your daughter?” I asked.“Ten. Thus the Justin Bieber obsession.” She swept her arm through the air to take in the lavender room and its nearly wall-to-wall posters.“It only gets worse.” I smiled. “I barely survived my girls’ teen years.” I thought of my family—my husband and my daughters and their babies—up in Maryland and suddenly missed them. I hoped I’d be home by the weekend, when all of this would be over.Jennifer opened the closet door. It was a small closet, the type you’d find in these older homes, and it was crammed with clothes on hangers and shoes helter-skelter on the floor. I felt a chill, as though a ghost had slipped past me into the room. I hugged my arms as Jennifer pulled a cord to turn on the light. She pressed the clothes to one side of the closet.“There,” she said, pointing to the left wall at about the level of my knees. “Maybe we need a flashlight?” she asked. “Or I can just take a bunch of these clothes out. I should have done that before you got here.” She lifted an armload of the clothes and struggled to disengage the hangers before carrying them from the closet. Without the clothing, the closet filled with light and I squatted inside the tight space, pushing pink sneakers and a pair of sandals out of my way.I ran my fingers over the words carved into the wall. Ancient paint snagged my fingertips where it had chipped away around the letters. “Ivy and Mary was here.” All at once, I felt overwhelmed by the fear they must have felt back then, and by their courage. When I stood up, I was brushing tears from my eyes.Jennifer touched my arm. “You okay?” she asked.“Fine,” I said. “I’m grateful to you for not covering that over. It makes it real to me.”“If we ever move out of this house, we’ll tell the new owners to leave it alone, too. It’s a little bit of history, isn’t it?”I nodded. I remembered my phone in my purse. “May I take a picture of it?”“Of course!” Jennifer said, then added with a laugh, “Just don’t get my daughter’s messy closet in it.”I pulled out my phone and knelt down near the writing on the wall. I snapped the picture and felt the presence of a ghost again, but this time it wrapped around me like an embrace. Copyright © 2013 by Diane Chamberlain Books, Inc.

Editorial Reviews

"This enthralling novel transfixed me from the very first pages." -Christina Schwarz, New York Times bestselling author of Drowning Ruth"Necessary Lies shines!" -Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author of Mare's Nest"Expertly intertwines history and matters of the heart - love, loyalty and choosing what is right, no matter the consequences." -Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence & One Breath Away"Diane Chamberlain's Necessary Lies is the most important book she has ever written." -Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author of Porch Lights