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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “Alison Elliot does a remarkable job with the nuances of their North Carolina accents.”

    Winston-Salem Journal (audio review)

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