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Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

       

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

Synopsis - 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.

Thoughts- This was an extremely interesting and emotional read.. it would make a great book club book, its worthy of discussion. It talks about forced sterilization of women from poor families and especially those of color. I had no idea sterilization was once legal in America.. I obviously went down the wikipedia worm hole and read up all about it. Now while an appalling and controversial concept I must admit I  went back and forth on my opinion of it all. Logically speaking it makes sense to curtail the population of children born into poverty or children that have a greater chance of being born with a disability or disease. Then there is the voice in me that screams what about freedom of choice.. shouldn't we all be able to make an educated decision, but what happens when you are not capable of making an educated choice? There were so many thoughts.. which made this book a compelling read.

If you have read it I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.. and if you haven't check it out..

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39 comments:

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

This sounds like an interesting read!

Jennifer said...

This book sounds very interesting!

Jennifer
Effortlessly Sophisticated

Chatty Crone said...

Sounds very interesting - how did you decide to put it up and read it - with all the books out there?

Kelly said...

I wasn't convinced by the synopsis, but your review has me thinking I need to look into this one more closely. I've tagged it in my library app.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Sounds like a compelling read.

Jeanie said...

I'm glad you liked this! It does sound like a good read and I'll remember it.

Stefanie said...

Very interesting topic; didn't know that had existed in the US before. Wow.

sonia // daring coco said...

This really does sound like a compelling read. I can see why it would be so ideal for a bookclub too. I imagine there are so many points worth discussing.

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R.ChamberofBeauty said...

This book sounds really interesting, I will definitely check it out this book for me.
Have a great day love.
Kisses <3
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Sparkles and Lattes said...

Forced steralization?! Wow. I didn't see that coming. I bet this would be a good book for a book club.

Elephant's Child said...

It sounds fascinating. And thought provoking.
I do worry about compulsory decisions made on other people's behalf though. And find it hard to support them, particularly if the decision cannot be reversed.
Interestingly a politician in the UK has raised the desirability of that same issue recently.

Polyester Princess said...

That sound like an interesting read and totally my cup of tea. I'll be putting this book on my to look out for list! xxx

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

The plot and the the whole issue of choice sounds very powerful and interesting.

Laura B said...

I didn't know that about sterilization either! I think I knew it was legal in psychiatric hospitals way back when, but not in mainstream! This sounds like an interesting book!

Jodie's Touch of Style said...

I'll have to suggest this to my book club. I had never heard of this one.
XOXO
Jodie

Emmylou said...

The premise of the book does sound interesting....never knew sterilization was legal in the US too! I wonder if the same happened in Canada....hmmmmm

Veronica Lee said...

Sounds interesting, Hena.

Happy Wednesday!

La ilusión de Nina said...

I'll have to read it! It sounds so interesting!
Have a great day dear! xx

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Carole's Random Life said...

I have not had a chance to read any of Diane Chamberlain's work yet but I do have her newest release on my tbr and hope to get to it soon. This does sound like a really emotional read.

karen said...

sounds like a book I would like to read, thanks for the recommendation!

R's Rue said...

I'd like to read. Great introduction to this book.

R.ChamberofBeauty said...

I would love to read this. will check it online.
Have a nice day.
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Debbie said...

this sounds like a good book, you shared a very nice review!!

Rach said...

Wow, what an intense book to read. Thanks for sharing it!

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NotJessFashion said...

Sounds like a fun read. Thanks for sharing dear!

Jessica | notjessfashion.com

Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom said...

I haven't heard of this book, but I love to read and I'm def. going to check it out!

Carrie
curlycraftymom.com

Stephanie Jane said...

I can't see how compulsory sterilisation could ever be a good idea because I have no doubt that the people making the decisions would be very biased towards their own needs, rather than working for the good of the people affected. This issue was raised in passing in Terry Tyler's book, Hope, which I read recently too.

Mica said...

It sounds like an interesting read but not one I think I'd enjoy - forced sterilisation is awful no matter how you look at it!

Amy Johnson said...

Thanks for the great book review!

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra said...

I haven't read this book yet but I've read several of Chamberlain's other novels and thought they were great. This one is on my TBR list so I hope to get to it sometime soon.

Paola Lauretano said...

Such a lovely book, I need to read it!
Kisses, Paola.

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Doused in Pink | Chicago Style Blog said...

This sounds like a compelling read! Thank you for sharing your review!

Jill - Doused in Pink

Gemma said...

Looks really interesting! Thanks for sharing this.
Gemma x
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Jyoti said...

This looks so interesting! Nice Post! Have a great day!
Allurerage
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iamperlita said...

omg! I can't imagine how horrible that must have been like. I can't believe that is something that is/was considered acceptable. Thank you for sharing! Have a great week!

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awhite said...

SUCH heavy topics- but definitely worthy of thought and discussion!

-Ashley
Le Stylo Rouge

jeanne christine said...

Interesting synopsis! Sounds like it deals with heavy subjects that will stir people's minds.

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Soph Hearts said...

What an incredibly interesting topic- this definitely sounds like something I'd love to read, and very emotive!
Soph - https://sophhearts.com x

Starshine Beauty said...

Thanks for the recommendation :)

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