The Year Of Necessary Lies: A Novel by Kris RadishThe Year Of Necessary Lies: A Novel by Kris Radish

The Year Of Necessary Lies: A Novel

byKris Radish

Paperback | August 11, 2015

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One amazing year in a remarkable woman¹s life journey becomes the inspiration for generations when she takes a huge risk, follows her heart, embraces forbidden love, and unwittingly becomes the champion of a winged world that is on the brink of extinction. It's 1903, the world is poised for drastic change, and Julia Briton is a naive, beautiful Boston socialite who suffers a series of devastating losses and discovers that her beloved husband is involved in the plume trade-the massive slaughter of birds for use in the fashion industry. When Julia is secretly ushered into the early 20th century by a group of brazen female activists, she boldly risks everything and embarks on a perilous journey to the wilds of untamed Florida, a place of great danger where men will stop at nothing to get what they want and where one man, and a faithful friend, force her to make yet more life-changing decisions. Years later, when Julia's great-granddaughter, Kelly, discovers some hidden tape recordings in her famous great-grandmother¹s dresser and learns the real truth about Julia's year, a year that changed the course of history, she must decide what to do with her grandmother¹s incredible legacy. Will she keep the real "secret of the year", or will she be brave enough to follow her own heart?

USA Best Book Awards: Fiction: Historical, Finalist

Kris Radish is the author of nine novels and two works of non-fiction. A former award-winning journalist, magazine writer, nationally syndicated columnist, Radish is also co-owner of a wine lounge, the Wine Madonna, in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, where she hosts books clubs and special literary events with groups from across the ...
Title:The Year Of Necessary Lies: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:342 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:SparkPressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1940716519

ISBN - 13:9781940716510


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Novel! I received this book from the Publisher via in exchange for a honest review. The Year of Necessary Lies is about a woman named Julia trying to pave her way back in 1903-1904. When her great-granddaughter Kelly finds her tape recorder and a few tapes back when Kelly is a teenager, it opens her eyes how famous her Julia is. Years later when Julia dies, Kelly and her mom start listening to the tapes and find that Julia is more brave than they think she was. Julia's journey is a hard one with growing up poor, marrying rich and losing 3 babies. After the last baby dies, Julia is compelled to get out of the house and that is when she discovers the Audubon Society and their quest to eradicated bird feathers from hats. When Julia discovers her husband is one of the company putting bird feathers on hats, it sends her on this journey that ends in Florida on discovering who she really is and what matters most to her. I loved how the book incorporated Kelly and Julia together that wasn't to hard to read. This was my first book by Kris Radish and now I want to read more by her just due to how good she writes and how she makes the story come to alive! Thank You to Kris Radish for making me want to read more of your fabulous books!!
Date published: 2015-09-21

Editorial Reviews

2016 International Book Awards: Finalist, Historical Fiction2015 USA Book Awards: Finalist, Historical Fiction"As in her previous best-selling novels (A Grand Day To Get Lost), Radish weaves an engaging story of inspiring women who discover the importance of being true to one's ideal"—Library Journal"The Year of Necessary Lies is a memorable and beautifully written story about reinvention, standing up for your beliefs, and staying true to yourself, no matter what the cost."—Kristin Contino, author of The Legacy of Us"Feminism and activism go hand in hand in this romantic novel about women's empowerment and living life to the fullest. Kris Radish's tenth novel, The Year of Necessary Lies, highlights women's role in the Audubon Society campaign to eradicate feathers from ladies' hats. Her fictional heroine is a composite portrait of the many courageous women who stood up to plume hunters and the fashion industry alike in the early years of the twentieth century. Radish creates an authentic Southern atmosphere dripping with sweat and packed with rattlesnakes and egrets. Julia's raucous boat journey, punctuated by an erroneous stop at a Savannah brothel, is a highlight. She is a compelling protagonist, ably supported by an eccentric cast of ex-hunters and coastal hermits. Cameos from historical figures ranging from William Randolph Hearst to Mark Twain help place Julia in a convincing turn-of-the-century context of change and creativity. Recommended to fans of Anita Diamant's The Boston Girl and Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings."—Foreword ReviewsPraise for Kris Radish"Radish unrolls a rollicking yet reflective read that adds to her robust repertoire of beloved fiction. What's a reader to do but relish the ride."—BookPage on Searching for Paradise in Parker, PA"Kris Radish creates characters that seek and then celebrate the discovery of women's innate power."—The Denver Post"Radish's characters know how to have a good time on their way to matriarchal nirvana."—Kirkus Reviews