An e-original short story that sets the stage for bestselling author Diane Chamberlain’s novel Necessary Lies (September 2013).
The First Lie gives readers an early glimpse into the life of thirteen-year-old Ivy Hart. It’s 1958 in rural North Carolina, where Ivy lives with her grandmother and sister on a tobacco farm. As tenant farmers, Ivy and her family don’t have much freedom, though she and her best friend, Henry, often sneak away in search of adventure…and their truest selves. But life on the farm takes a turn when Ivy’s teenage sister gives birth—all the while maintaining her silence about the baby’s father. Soon Ivy finds herself navigating the space between adolescence and adulthood as she tries to unravel a dark web of family secrets and make sense of her ever-evolving life in the segregated South.
Advance praise for Diane Chamberlain’s Necessary Lies:
“It will steal your heart.”—Katrina Kittle, author of The Blessings of the Animals
“An emotional powerhouse.” —Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House Memories
“Enthralling…[it] transfixed me from the very first pages, and its vivid and sympathetic characters haunted me long after the last.”—Christina Schwarz, New York Times bestselling author of Drowning Ruth
Diane Chamberlain’s Necessary Lies will steal your heart. This novel, about the courage it takes to be who you’re supposed to be even when all of society’s messages are telling you otherwise, is full of discoveries—for the reader as well as for the two struggling but brave protagonists. Warning: this novel will steal your time and all commitment to other obligations, too—once you open it, nothing else will matter but seeing it through to the white-knuckle, heart-racing end. --- Katrina Kittle, author of The Blessings of the Animals
“This is the kind of book that holds you spellbound and makes you remember these characters, this time and place, long after you finish the book. Diane Chamberlain’s novel is an emotional powerhouse, and she is a master at illuminating both the darkest and most hopeful places in the human heart.” --- Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House Memories
“Two girls names are carved inside a closet--what could have happened there? Set in the rich and morally complex territory of the rural South in 1960, the plot of this enthralling novel transfixed me from the very first pages, and its vivid and sympathetic characters haunted me long after the last. Chamberlain achieves that rare and irresistible combination: suspense and heart.” --- Christina Schwarz, New York Times bestselling author of Drowning Ruth
"Ms. Chamberlain brilliantly captures the feel of the early 1960's in the South. Her characters are authentic and heartfelt, the story is captivating, and her writing is lovely and compassionate. Necessary Lies shines!" --- Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author of Mare's Nest
“Amazing! Diane Chamberlain's Necessary Lies is a powerful portrait of courage and redemption teeming with characters you won't soon forget. In Chamberlain's most luminous tale to date, Necessary Lies 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. Based in truth you will be reminded how poverty is our enemy and how power is dangerous when it’s in the wrong hands. I don’t think I will ever forget this book or its wonderful cast of characters. Beautifully written, compellingly told. Book clubs will love it.” --- Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author of Porch Lights
"Emotionally piercing, courageously provocative – Necessary Lies is a story-telling triumph. Diane Chamberlain expertly weaves a beautiful tapestry of rich characters as memorable as they are enchanting, characters so intriguing it requires Herculean efforts to tear oneself away from this riveting tale. Necessary Lies is that rare novel so captivating the reader feels bereft after turning the last page." --Elizabeth Flock, New York Times bestselling author of Me & Emma and What Happened To My Sister.