Join us at Speer Memorial Library in Mission, on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, for a discussion of Necessary Lies, to take place in the library’s Community Room at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and discuss the book.

As the story begins, it is 1960 and, in Grace County, North Carolina, recent college graduate and newlywed Jane Forrester is starting her new job as a social worker, although her doctor husband would prefer that she stay at home.

Fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart, who lives with her family of tenants on a tobacco farm, is caring for her grandmother, older sister, and baby nephew after her father’s death and her mother’s commitment to a mental hospital.

The idealistic Jane, whose clients include the Harts, is soon confronted with a moral dilemma—she is pressured to recommend the sterilization of poor and low IQ young women without their knowledge in order to keep them from having children dependent on the state. Will Jane risk her career in order to protect Ivy?

Set in rural North Carolina, Necessary Lies, written by Diane Chamberlain and first published in 2013, is a historical novel in which the state’s little-known eugenics program provides the context for a story about two young women who, although from different social classes, have both endured tragedy in their lives.

We will have some copies of the book available for check out to those who sign up for the book discussion, or you can stop by our library’s Reference Desk, or call at 580-8754, and we will try to obtain a copy for you via Interlibrary Loan.

For more information, or to sign up for the book discussion, please call William Renner or Rose Alvarez at 580-8754 or 580-8750. You can also register at the Reference Desk, or by email at

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