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Necessary Lies: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain

Necessary Lies: A Novel (original 2013; edition 2014)

by Diane Chamberlain (Author)

Series: Necessary Lies (1)

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Caring for her family on their mid-20th-century tobacco farm after the loss of her parents, 15-year-old Ivy connects with Grace County social worker Jane, who strains her personal and professional relationships with her advocacy of Ivy's family, whose dark secrets test Jane's resolve against racial tensions and state-mandated sterilizations.… (more)
Title:Necessary Lies: A Novel
Authors:Diane Chamberlain (Author)
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2014), Edition: 1st, 372 pages
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Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain (2013)

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A powerful book of historical fiction by Diane Chamberlain, capturing North Carolina in the early 1960's and the Eugenics program that allowed the state to sterilize criminals and the feebleminded. The afterword describes how the program was abused against welfare recipients and eventually racially, with the percentage of blacks increasing from 23% to 64%.

The two main characters (and POVs) are Jane Forrester and Ivy Hart. 22-year old Jane becomes a state social worker against her doctor husband's wishes, and 15-year old Ivy Hart, essentially the head of a dirt poor family trying to survive on a tobacco farm. Her father was killed there, and her mother was institutionalized after slashing the wife of the plantation owner. Ivy has to care for her ailing grandmother, promiscuous unwed older sister, and her 2-year old simpleton nephew. Jane becomes the only hope for the Hart family, finding her own beliefs are at odds with her job responsibilities and prevailing social values. The story is very emotional, well-written, and well-researched. 4.5 stars.
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  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Vidas Esquecidas é um livro escrito pela Diane Chamberlain e traduzido por Ana Mendes Lopes.

Este romance prendeu-me à leitura logo nas primeiras páginas. Não estivesse eu a ler outro livro em simultâneo, apesar do número de páginas, teria devorado este livro em muito pouco tempo. Por outro lado, gostei de prolongar a sua leitura, porque foi sempre um prazer voltar a retomar a sua leitura. É um livro intenso, que aborda questões sociológicas de famílias desfavorecidas, temas controversos como a “eugénia” e que nos revolta, choca, inquieta e comove. A "Eugenia" era um programa esterilização, muito utilizada durante a II Guerra com a ideologia de atingir a “pureza racial”, e que continuou a ser amplamente utilizada, mesmo após a II Guerra, em vários países. Entre 1929 e 1975 a Carolina do Norte esterilizou sete mil dos seus cidadãos. No total cerca de 65 mil americanos foram esterilizados em 33 Estados. Apesar de ser um tema abordado de forma fictícia, retrata acontecimentos que podemos situar em termos históricos e que nos ajudam a perceber e a consciencializar para estes programas de apuramento racial tão injustos e abomináveis.

A história decorre na Carolina do Norte, na zona de Grace County em 1960. Jane Forrester, recém-formada e casada com um médico, começa a trabalhar como assistente social, ainda que o marido preferisse que ela ficasse em casa e tivesse logo filhos, como a maior parte das mulheres dos seus amigos. Mas Jane não se identifica com essas mulheres e quer exercer a sua profissão.

Jane começa a prestar assistência a famílias muito pobres e, inicialmente com o desejo de mostrar as suas capacidades profissionais, acaba por se envolver emocionalmente nos casos que segue. A família que mais a comove e interessa é constituída por Ivy, a irmã (mãe solteira e esterilizada pela “eugénia”) e a avó.

À semelhança do livro O Segredo da Minha Irmã, a história é narrada alternadamente por duas personagens, neste caso, Ivy e Jane, o que torna a narrativa mais envolvente. Os capítulos são breves, mas intensos e, sempre que queremos saber como a história continua, passamos para a outra personagem, que, por sua vez, também nos envolve e absorve completamente.

Posso dizer que adorei este livro, até mais do que o anterior, tal a carga emocional e riqueza destas personagens, que nos sugam e nos levam com elas para as suas vidas complexas e únicas.

Que segredos escondem estas mulheres? Até que ponto Jane consegue separar a sua vida das vidas que assiste?

Uma leitura que aconselho vivamente! ( )
  Celiagil | Mar 24, 2021 |
Unforgettable. To live in North Carolina and read this novel based on true events...well, I was shocked and amazed and appreciate the author's research and insight. Beautifully written with great sensitivity. It made me cry. ( )
  Nancy_LiPetri | Feb 11, 2021 |
Love this author for tackling tough subjects and bringing issues to light. Her writing is getting better. Jane, the social worker, lived in a time when financial was more the reason to use your education and have a career. Gave her credit for trying to stand up to her husband and yet keep him happy while working. Could not understand why she couldn't have said I want to be on the pill for a year before kids rather than hiding that fact. Jane jumping right in with confrontations with people made her seem less smart. Guessed correctly the way tenant women were treated by the owner. Why owner did not see his behavior in his son. Ivy's boyfriend, the son, was smart beyond his years. Social workers thought it best and most times it probably was better to create less kids. Believe that Mary would have been more trashy had she known the truth right away. Surprised how she handled the information about being sterile like she had smarts. Shocked at how Jane took Ivy to her house. Ending tied everything into pretty bow for all characters too nicely. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
As my first Diane Chamberlain book, all I can say is what took me so long?!?!

It was highly entertaining, a page turner (heard she's known for these) and definitely the type of story I would think about during the day, and eager to get back to at night. (only time I read)

I loved how she had the POV's of Jane, Ivy, and the beginning/ending with Brenna. Such a great, great way to lay out a story. I wondered who Brenna was, and when we get to find out, it's VERY satisfying. Chamberlain does such a good job of telling Jane and Ivy's story, that we sort of forget about Brenna until she's necessary again.

She captured the time frame so well, the poverty, the way wives were supposed to dote on husband's, and with her own social work background, I feel some of the storytelling was very authentic.

I have BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN (signed no less!), but I almost want to hold off reading that one and grab a couple others of hers to read first. I'm hooked! ( )
  DonnaEverhart | Sep 25, 2020 |
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Caring for her family on their mid-20th-century tobacco farm after the loss of her parents, 15-year-old Ivy connects with Grace County social worker Jane, who strains her personal and professional relationships with her advocacy of Ivy's family, whose dark secrets test Jane's resolve against racial tensions and state-mandated sterilizations.

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