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Necessary Lies: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Diane Chamberlain

Narrated By: Alison Elliott

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: September 2013

Duration: 10 hours 54 minutes


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?


  • Donna L.

    Wonderfully written story. I loved how the story moved along from different points of view of the characters telling it. Based on true events of our American history, it is enlightening & reveals truths that I was not aware of before. Every American should read just to learn of this horrifying piece of our history!

  • Sheila B.

    Loved this book!!!! I would recommend it to anyone. It made me feel, happy sad and angry. Very well written. Narrative was excellent as well.

  • Sonja M

    Everything about this remarkable book is excellent. The moving characters and beautifully crafted story make this a memorable novel. That it is based on real and tragic historical events makes it even more powerful. The narration is outstanding.

  • Maya Booth

    Interesting book. Worth the listen to.

  • Amy Kelso

    Absolutely loved this book! You might want to have some tissues handy--it gave me all the feels. I felt so many different emotions reading this book--anger, sadness, happiness. I couldn't stop listening! The narration was SO INCREDIBLE I have read over 30 audiobooks and this one was by far the best narration. I learned a lot about history that I never knew existed. A MUST read. :)

  • Brandy Smith

    Eye opening. Enjoyed it, was sorry when it was over.

  • Lisa Valerio

    I enjoyed the book and the narrator. The historical part fascinated and saddened me. Although this story is fiction, I have no doubt there is a lot of truth behind the story.

  • Ramsay Drummond-Young

    Loved it! It made me feel, happy sad and angry. Very well written. Narrative was excellent as well.

  • Katharine Stuart

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The story and narration were tremendous!

  • Charity Henschen

    Loved this book!!!! I would recommend it to anyone.

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by Diane Chamberlain

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