Necessary Lies

Necessary Lies

Book - 2013
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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: 9781250010698
1250010691
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 25 cm

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cara123
Jun 09, 2016

I really enjoyed this book so much that it was hard to put down! The story gives the reader glimpses into the real history of N. Carolina's sterilization program in the '60's but also touches on issues of race, gender, sex and class and how they intersect, which makes for a very interesting read.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Mar 14, 2016

Admittedly, I was unsure how to rate this book. On the one hand, I loved the story. It's interesting (lots of memorable characters from different walks of life, a familiar and relatable (to me) setting, a rich time period) and important (delves into the disgusting eugenics movement right here in North Carolina, addresses sexist, racist, and classist attitudes common in the south during that period). On the other hand, so many things, big AND small, happen much too easily throughout. When I realized, though, after a week post-read that I am still thinking about it with a clear-as-day mental picture, I decided it absolutely deserves a high rating. Overall, a really good read.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Nov 19, 2015

Three different narrators tell the story of a social worker's quest to help a family in 1960's North Carolina. Jane, a new social worker, seeks to help the Hart family: Nonnie, Mary Ella, Ivy, and Baby William. While Grace County is fictional, the novel sheds light on troubling facts from North Carolina's history. The weakest parts of the novel are the two chapters narrated by Brenna. Brenna isn't a well-developed character, and her narration seems too sappy compared to the rest of this haunting and beautiful novel.

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Blabbermouth
Nov 02, 2015

I did like it & it kept me wanting to go back to it. Set in the south of America in the 60's. It is fiction but the subject of sterilizing young girls without their permission really did happen for a time. Very provocative story.

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cnbaier
Jun 12, 2015

This historical fiction novel is set in Grace County, a fictional county in North Carolina. In the story, Jane becomes a social worker, in spite of her husband who prefers to have a stay-at-home wife. She learns about the state's policy to sterilize young girls in poverty and African-American women, and she starts to question the system. In the book Jane fights for a young girl named Ivy who becomes pregnant at 15. It is a thought-provoking page-turner with a satisfying ending.

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NanCcan
Jun 04, 2015

Excellent read! Moves quickly and keeps you reading to learn what will happen next to the characters you've come to care about, no matter how similar their predicaments are, or are not, to your own.
I can't believe this was happening in my lifetime. Oh, who am I fooling; this is still happening; the rich controlling laws so that the poor will stay poor and will consume less and less of what the wealthy consider theirs alone (despite how hard the poor work for what little they have). Excellent choice for a book club discussion!
I look forward to reading more of Diane Chamberlain's books.

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sasie
May 28, 2015

I got very caught up in this book. It's quite good and I loved the characters.

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suethomas
Apr 14, 2015

I finished this book in 2 days, I couldn't put it down. Excellent read !!!

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Mar 31, 2015

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.

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becker
Apr 25, 2014

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.

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