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Publisher Description

Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of the highly anticipated Glory Over Everything, established herself as a remarkable new talent with The Kitchen House, now a contemporary classic. In this gripping novel, a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate at a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War.

Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, young, white Lavinia arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and is placed, as an indentured servant, under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate slave daughter. Lavinia learns to cook, clean, and serve food, while guided by the quiet strength and love of her new family.

In time, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, caring for the master’s opium-addicted wife and befriending his dangerous yet protective son. She attempts to straddle the worlds of the kitchen and big house, but her skin color will forever set her apart from Belle and the other slaves.

Through the unique eyes of Lavinia and Belle, Grissom’s debut novel unfolds in a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of class, race, dignity, deep-buried secrets, and familial bonds.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2010
February 2
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Atria Books
SELLER
Simon & Schuster Canada
SIZE
14.8
MB

Customer Reviews

FreyaAnn ,

The Kitchen House

A well written, captivating book that I found hard to put down. It was sadly a very teaching book as well. I am grateful that society has moved forward but there is still such a long way to go....
I highly recommend it.

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