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The Kitchen House

Grissom, Kathleen (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Kitchen House
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"Oprhaned aboard a ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and worth with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from the by her white skin. Eventually accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction, Lavinia straddles two very different world. Then she is forced to make a choice"--P. [4] of cover.
Authors: Grissom, Kathleen
Title: The kitchen house
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Publisher: Detroit, Mich. : Large Print Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning ; 2013.
Edition: Large print edition.
Characteristics: 624 p. (large print) ;,22 cm.
Summary: "Oprhaned aboard a ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and worth with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from the by her white skin. Eventually accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction, Lavinia straddles two very different world. Then she is forced to make a choice"--P. [4] of cover.
Local Note: 152 172 173 175 210 211 216
TW : 2013-05-02
ISBN: 1594136440
9781594136443
Statement of Responsibility: Kathleen Grissom
Subject Headings: Plantation life Southern States Fiction. Slaves Fiction. Indentured servants Fiction.
Genre/Form: Large type books.
Topical Term: Plantation life
Slaves
Indentured servants
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Oct 06, 2014
  • scrubble4 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this group of well developed characters and how they addressed the onslaughts life hurled at them. Despite and throughout the family group (as diversified a sense of family as I have ever encountered) supported and sustained each other.

I looked to see if Ms Grissom had written other novels but she has not. Too bad. I would have loved to read them.

Aug 12, 2014
  • JCLKinsleyR rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book transported me to my vacation in Charleston, SC and to the Gone with the Wind movie set. That is where the glitz and glamour ended. The story reveals all the characters of a southern plantation, the good and the bad. This book will make you appreciate, hurt and break your heart for the indentured servants, the slaves and the female characters.

Jul 12, 2014
  • Taz12658 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great Book! Loved it within the first few pages. Considering it for our next book club.

Jul 09, 2014
  • jecross rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I have read in a long time!!!

May 03, 2014
  • lledomik rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great book that had me hooked in the first couple pages and kept me enthralled all the way to the end.

Feb 05, 2014
  • sasie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very high interest and fast pace story.

Feb 04, 2014
  • TulsaTimeTraveler rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An all-time favorite in our book group, this book focuses on racial relations in the time of slavery in an intensely moving way. Even though I read this book a few years ago, the warmth of the kitchen house lingers with me still.

Jan 28, 2014
  • helenmatt rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Found this book to be fascinating and interestingly told. Really made me feel like I was there, and I feel a relationship with the characters! Well told!

Dec 21, 2013
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a story about a little Irish girl who is orphaned while sailing to America and becomes an indentured servant for a family that takes her in. It is very interesting to see how her role in the household changes as she becomes an adult and the book deals with her struggle between the two conflicting worlds she lives in. I enjoyed this and would recommend it.

Jul 30, 2013
  • Rosina rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is historical fiction, with well-developed and interesting characters. Sort of “Gone with the Wind” without the war and more emphasis on the black families and less on the white but a good mixture of both and how they are entwined. It is a page-turner and one of those books that stays with you all day. A very good read and an original twist to an engaging story.

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Oct 10, 2013
  • EuphoniaCarstairs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Historical fiction depicting the lives of slaves in the pre-Civil War South, and the life of a woman who arrives in the U.S. from Ireland as an indentured servant and grows up to become the mistress of the plantation where she first arrived as an indentured servant.

Main characters Lavinia, Belle, Mama Mae, Papa, Marshall, Rankin.
A page turner, like a British Victorian novel, captures voice of the times, good on black dialect, insights into situation of slaves vis-a-vis the white masters, sex relations, & on plight of indentured Irish.

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Jul 24, 2014
  • REVYCHELL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

EXCELLENT!

May 29, 2013
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