March Book: Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

http://amzn.to/LF7KnN 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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  • Laura W.

    As expected, great discussion on the social issues presented in the book. I enjoyed the book and will recommend it to others.

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Frank L.

    Another great gathering with an insightful group discussing a book that shed light on a shameful part of our history. An engaging discussion. I wish work doesn't have me missing the May meeting.

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • June

    Forgot to change my RSVP to no before tonight. My daughter is sick. I was sad to miss it.

    March 28, 2014

  • Elle

    Great discussion, great group!

    March 28, 2014

  • Karen H.

    Stuck at work and cannot make it : (. I enjoyed the book, even though I have not finished it yet.

    March 28, 2014

    • Elle

      Hopefully we will see you next month!

      March 28, 2014

  • Paula H.

    Sorry had last minute emergencies and couldn't make meeting.

    March 28, 2014

    • Elle

      Hopefully next time!

      March 28, 2014

  • Tommy T.

    Sorry "Bound to Pleaser's", but a late afternoon meeting is running longer than expected, so will miss tonight's gathering....I enjoyed the book...!

    March 28, 2014

    • Elle

      Boo! Sorry to hear that!!!

      March 28, 2014

  • Deborah R.

    Sorry have to work Friday night so won't be able to attend but really loved the book.
    Deb

    1 · March 23, 2014

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