Necessary Lies

Chamberlain, Diane

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Necessary Lies
Caring for her family on their mid-20th-century tobacco farm after the loss of her parents, 15-year-old Ivy connects with Grace County social worker Jane, who strains her personal and professional relationships with her advocacy of Ivy's family, whose dark secrets test Jane's resolve against racial tensions and state-mandated sterilizations.

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2013.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9781250010704
Characteristics: 343 pages ;,25 cm


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Mar 31, 2015
  • Chapel_Hill_AmandaG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written with a host of likeable characters. It does deal with some heavy (and very eye-opening!) issues, but the relaxed and simple makes it a very enjoyable read.

Mar 08, 2015
  • greenacres rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Ivy and Mary was here", words that will be etched on my mind for a very long time. Very interesting subject matter.

Aug 25, 2014
  • sasie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of my best summer reads. A good story with characters that you really care about.

Apr 25, 2014
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This novel offers likeable characters and interesting subject matter. Although the issues in this book are serious, the relaxed, simple writing style make this an undemanding and quick book to read.

Apr 15, 2014
  • Dam555 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Thought provoking and well written. Eugenics program in Southern states quite abused... An eye opener.

Jan 17, 2014
  • stcalico rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I like all Diane Chamberlain's books that I've read so far, but I think this one is my favorite.

Oct 30, 2013
  • paulette4317 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I've read. Chamberlain's characters seem so real and the story is wonderful. If you liked "The Help', be sure to read this one, too.

Oct 10, 2013

Could not put this book down. Sad beautifully written story. Eager to read more of her books as this is the first one I've read.

Oct 08, 2013
  • LOUISE WEISBORD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

this was an excellent story and well written-

Oct 05, 2013

This was a book I truly could not put down. I put aside a few of my chores so I could devote more time to the reading of this book. Excellent.


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