- Paperback: 372 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (October 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250054516
- ISBN-13: 978-1250054517
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,143 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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"
About the Author
DIANE CHAMBERLAIN is the bestselling author of twenty-two 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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Ivy, though, has seizures and becomes pregnant, making her a candidate for sterility. But Jane finds Ivy the person rather than the case subject.
While the tale of Jane and Ivy forms the heart of a terrific story, the author skillfully brings in attitudes of the late fifties, early sixties about a woman's place in a polite southern society. Jane defies these expectations by valuing a career enjoying sex, and acting with courage and determination on her job and in her personal life. Super tale!
The second set of my gold stars would go to the author, Diane Chamberlain, who has crafted this novel with great skill. She lays the foundation for what is to come in subtle ways from the very beginning. As a reader, you are discovering disturbing truths throughout the novel. In that way, it's a real page-turner. Another brilliant aspect of this novel is that the author creates characters who are flawed, as are we all, and yet they have good qualities. Most people aren't all bad or all good, and yet it requires a strong moral compass to discern the best course of action in each situation. This is a story of human failings by people who have good intentions. It is also the story about an incredible act of courage by a young social worker, who cares about her clients.
The main character, Jane, follows her heart to become a social worker against her husbands wishes (and later demands) to be a housewife and baby maker. She soon learns that this job requires more than just providing help to needy families. The state of N. Carolina (the only state to do so) has put the power in the social worker's hands to decide whether certain so-called feeble-minded or poverty stricken women should be sterilized (and yes, even if women are raped, or forced out of necessity, it is most always women). Jane becomes passionately involved with one particular family who's lives are already deeply embedded in this program before she officially takes on their case. She becomes the only hope for this family, and once again her own beliefs are at odds with those of her society and employer.
Chamberlain shows through story, not only the horrors of our recent past, but also the hope we have when we choose to treat others fairly and equally. I loved the link provided in the "author's note." It shows recent hearings in N. Carolina to determine compensation for survivors. To see and hear actual survivors recount their stories is something I will never forget.