The Kitchen House

Grissom, Kathleen

Large Print - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Kitchen House
"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.

Publisher: Detroit, Mich. : Large Print Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning ; 2013.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 1594136440
Characteristics: 624 p. (large print) ;,22 cm.


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Mar 24, 2015

This book was excellent. It was a true picture of the south during the late seventeen hundreds and early eighteen hundreds. It's main characters, Belle and Lavinia are well drawn out as they pull the story forward toward its conclusion.

Feb 16, 2015

Loved this book - could not put it down. Looking forward to more of her books when they come out.

Nov 25, 2014
  • Eil_1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A well-written story about slavery - a Negro family who survive the pain and humiliations through their own tenacity to love and loyalty. Also the story of indentured white servants; e.g., Lavinia.

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.

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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.

Sep 18, 2011

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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Dec 31, 2014
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