About the Book
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?
About Diane Chamberlain
Diane Chamberlain grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey and wrote her first “novellas” at 12 years old. She describes them as “truly terrible.”
She didn’t pick up a pen to write fiction again until as an adult living in San Diego. One day while waiting for an appointment, she began writing a story germinating since adolescence. Four years later, she completed “Private Relations.” Published in 1989, it earned the RITA award for Best Single Title Contemporary Novel. She also dabbled in writing for the soap opera, “One Life to Live,” and various articles for newspapers and magazines. She focuses mainly on book-length fiction with over 20 novels completed.
The variance in relationships between the sexes, siblings, parents and children, play a strong part in her writing. She says, “I can’t think of anything more fascinating than the way people struggle with life’s trials and tribulations, both together and alone.”
Her career background and devotion for social work also provides a keystone to her stories. The impact of choices made by Jane, a social worker, and the family she serves weaves its way throughout “Necessary Lies.”
Currently she resides and considers North Carolina her true home. The state has sparked the setting for many of her stories, including “Necessary Lies.”
Visit the author’s website. The author also has an active blog that includes personal insights, weekly recipes, and a chance to share personal stories through The Story Weekend. The Story Weekend involves the author picking a theme and contributors are invited to share something from their lives that relates to that theme.