Necessary Lies

Diane Chamberlain

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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?

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JUNE 22, 2011
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Brenna

 
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.

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Praise for Necessary Lies

“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


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About the Author

Diane Chamberlain

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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Necessary Lies
Diane Chamberlain

e-Book Agency

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St. Martin's Press
September 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250010704
ISBN10: 1250010705
368 pages
$12.99

Unabridged Compact Disc

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Macmillan Audio
September 2013
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427232915
ISBN10: 1427232911
Audio Run Time: 11:00
$39.99

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Macmillan Audio
September 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427232922
ISBN10: 142723292X
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St. Martin's Press
September 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250010698
ISBN10: 1250010691
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$26.99

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St. Martin's Griffin
10/7/2014
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ISBN: 9781250054517
ISBN10: 1250054516
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
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