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The Kitchen House (Paperback) by Kathleen Grissom

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About the Book



"Gone with the Wind" is turned inside out in this tragic, page-turning novel in which a white indentured servant girl lives and works with black slaves.



Book Synopsis



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.



Review Quotes



"The Kitchen House combines a history lesson with a compulsively readable melodrama.'-- "Wilmington Star-News"

"[A] pulse-quickening debut."-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"[Grissom's] . . . debut twists the conventions of the antebellum novel. . . . Provides a trove of tension and grit, while the many nefarious doings will keep readers hooked to the twisted, yet hopeful, conclusion."-- "Publishers Weekly"

"A gripping tale of the South during the days of slavery. . . . Kathleen Grissom's first novel explores the well-known side of the dark world of slavery as well as the not-so-well-known world of white slavery, or indentured servitude. The book is written in a manner that is fast-paced and action packed, making it difficult to put down."-- "Bookreporter.com"

"A touching tale of oppressed women, black and white . . . [This novel] about love, survival, friendship, and loss in the antebellum South should not be missed."-- "The Boston Globe"

"Kathleen Grissom peers into the plantation romance through the eyes of a white indentured servant inhabiting the limbo land between slavery and freedom, providing a tale that provokes new empathy for all working and longing in The Kitchen House."--Alice Randall, author of The Wind Done Gone and Rebel Yell

"Once you get involved in the story of Lavinia and Belle you will not want to put this book down. I enjoyed this book very much and I highly recommend it. Don't read it too fast. You don't want to miss one morsel of this book."-- "bookaholicmom.blogspot.com"

"Out of the ordinary."-- "Romantic Times Book Review"

"Tension lurks everywhere, propelling the story forward [and] ample amounts of drama . . . Captivates with its message of right and wrong, family, and hope."-- "Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review"

"The endearing characters ingratiate themselves in your heart. . . . I most definitely recommend this book."-- "historical-fiction.com"

"This book was fantastic. It was the wow book that I have been waiting for all year."-- "mommysreading.wordpress.com"

"This turned out to be exactly the book I needed to get me back into the reading groove. . . . The writing flowed so seamlessly that I can't believe that this is Grissom's first novel."-- "thebluestockings.com"

"To say Kathleen Grissom's The Kitchen House is a page-turner wouldn't do it justice . . . Grissom breaks away from the gate at a fast clip, the reader hanging on for the ride."-- "Durham Herald-Sun"

"Unique and intriguing."-- "readersrespite.blogspot.com"

"With its quick pace and well-drawn cast, The Kitchen House became one of only two books so far (the other being The Fellowship of the Ring) to catch such hold of me that I found myself sneaking it at work. . . . I found The Kitchen House to be a powerful, gripping debut novel that gives a real human face to the tragedies of yesterday that continue to trouble us today."-- "thisbookandicouldbefriends.com"

"You will be thrilled by this intimate and surprising story that connects us with an unexpected corner of our history. Kathleen Grissom gives us a new and unforgettable perspective on slavery and families and human ties in the Old South, exploring the deepest mysteries of the past that help define who we are to this day."--Robert Morgan, bestselling author of the Oprah Book Club selection Gap Creek

Forget Gone with the Wind . . . a story that grabs the reader and demands to be devoured. Wow.-- "MInneapolis Star-Tribune"

"I recommend The Kitchen House. This novel, like The Help, does important work."--Alice Walker
Dimensions (Overall): 7.9 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x .9 Inches (D)
Weight: .75 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 368
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: General
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Format: Paperback
Author: Kathleen Grissom
Language: English
Street Date: February 2, 2010
TCIN: 12203354
UPC: 9781439153666
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-3379
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 8 inches length x 5.25 inches width x 1 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.68 pounds
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews
100% would recommend
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Believable

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Elokin2141 - 2 years ago
So much drama that I could not stop reading. I needed to know the ending. Set in an era almost unfathomable because it seems so far in the distance past, it is none the less believable. The characters are complex and the emotions equally intense.
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