I don’t know why it took me so much time to discover such a wonderful author , Diane Chamberlain. Necessary Lies is an powerful book which moves you , shocks you , brings a lump in your throat , makes you cry,makes you smile and you just can’t stop thinking about it.
The story takes place in the early 1960s in North Carolina.Its told from the perspective of two women Jane and Ivy.Newly wed Jane , wife of a pediatricion struggling to have a career as a being a social worker working with African Americans if frowned upon in her well to do society.Ivy is a fifteen year old living in extremely poor conditions on a small tobacco farm and trying to support her ill and ageing grandmother and a sister who has a small child.Its heart wrenching when the two women’s life intersects and how they find similarities in one another and how they fight for what they believe is right despite the strong opposition.
Sharing with you some of my favourite quotes from the book:
” Well I think when we lose somebody, maybe we owe it to the person to remember them. To hold on to the good memories.”
” That’s what it’s all about , isn’t it ?she asked. ” Being able to choose what we want to do.”
” There are too many silly rules in our lives, ” she said , ” and our lives are far too short to pay attention to them.”
” Sometimes colouring outside the lines can cost you, “she said. “Only you can figure out if it’s worth it ”
Its a fictional book with characters that seem so real that when you finish the book you literally miss them.I was almost sorry when the book ended.
Its not a easy book to read but I definitely recommend it