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Author: Charles Harrington Elster, Diane Chamberlain Narrator: Charles Harrington Elster, Alison Elliott Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9781427232922
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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

  • “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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About the Author

Diane Chamberlain is the author of thirty novels. Her first book, Private Relations, earned the RITA award for best single title contemporary novel. In 2020, she was added to LibraryReads’ Hall of Fame Authors. She holds a master’s degree in social work from San Diego State University.

About the Narrators

Charles Harrington Elster is a writer, broadcaster, and logophile—a lover of words. He is the author and narrator of the audio vocabulary-building program Verbal Advantage and the book by the same name. His other books include Tooth and Nail and Test of Time, vocabulary-building novels for high school students preparing to take the college entrance exams; There’s a Word for It, a lighthearted look at unusual—and unusually useful—words; and The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations, among others. Charlie was born in New York City in 1957 and earned his BA cum laude from Yale in 1981. He lives in San Diego with his wife and two daughters.

Alison Elliott is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actress, who is best known for her roles in feature films such as Underneath, The Spitfire Grill, The Wings of the Dove, and Birth.