The Kitchen House by Grissom, Kathleen
Kathleen Grissom
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The Kitchen House -- Kathleen Grissom, Paperback


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.

Author: Kathleen Grissom
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: 02/02/2010
Pages: 384
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 7.90h x 5.20w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781439153666

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 11/09/2009 pg. 29
Kirkus Reviews 12/15/2009
Romantic Times 03/01/2010 pg. 52 - Excellent
Quill & Quire 03/01/2010 pg. 24