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Necessary Lies

(2013)
(The first book in the Necessary Lies series)
A novel by

 
 

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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Praise for this book

"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


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Hardback Editions

September 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Necessary Lies (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
Author(s): Diane Chamberlain
ISBN: 1-4104-6215-3 / 978-1-4104-6215-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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September 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Necessary Lies: A Novel
Author(s): Diane Chamberlain
ISBN: 1-250-01069-1 / 978-1-250-01069-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Paperback Editions

October 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Necessary Lies: A Novel
Author(s): Diane Chamberlain
ISBN: 1-250-05451-6 / 978-1-250-05451-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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August 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Necessary Lies
Author(s): Diane Chamberlain
ISBN: 1-4472-3178-3 / 978-1-4472-3178-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Necessary Lies
Author(s): Diane Chamberlain
ISBN: 1-4472-1125-1 / 978-1-4472-1125-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
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August 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Necessary Lies
Author(s): Diane Chamberlain
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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August 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Necessary Lies
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August 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Necessary Lies
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September 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Necessary Lies: A Novel
Author(s): Diane Chamberlain
ISBN: 1-4272-3291-1 / 978-1-4272-3291-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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September 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Necessary Lies
Author(s): Diane Chamberlain
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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September 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Necessary Lies
Author(s): Diane Chamberlain
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Kindle Editions

September 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Necessary Lies: A Novel
Author(s): Diane Chamberlain
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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August 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Necessary Lies
Author(s): Diane Chamberlain
Publisher: Pan
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