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.
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Really liked this!
This book kept me entertained from the moment I got into it. I'm a huge historical fiction buff, mainly because I like to find out how realistic the author made the stories, and this author really did her research. Beautifully read and I would highly recommend to anyone just wanting to hear/read a great story. Books like these should be read---we learn a few things about how good we have it today.
This book is AMAZING. For being Kathleen grissom's first book ever, she did an amazing job. My class is planning to write her letters to let her know how amazing we think her book is and we are doing a performance for all the parents to come see at the end of the school year. She has inspired us all!
Excellent book, well written and the narrator is exceptional.