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Author: Kathleen Grissom
ISBN13: 978-1594136443
Title: The Kitchen House (Kennebec Large Print Superior Collection)
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Publisher: Large Print Press; Large Print, Reprint edition (March 5, 2013)
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The Kitchen House (Kennebec Large Print Superior Collection) by Kathleen Grissom

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Kennebec Large Print, (c)2012. Projected Publication Date: 1202. Physical Description: p. cm. Series Statement: Kennebec Large Print superior collection. Rubrics: Indentured servants Fiction Slaves Plantation life Southern States Large type books. by compiled by William Cole ; illustrated by Ruth Sanderson. ISBN: 0684167093 Publication & Distribution: New York All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book The kitchen house, by Kathleen Grissom.

Kennebec Large Print Superior Collection: The Kitchen House (Paperback)(Large Print). The Couple Next Door. Publishers Weekly,Grissom's unsentimental debut twists the conventions of the antebellum novel just enough to give readers an involving new perspective on what would otherwise be fairly stock material. Lavinia, an orphaned seven-year-old white indentured servant, arrives in 1791 to work in the kitchen house at Tall Oaks, a Tidewater, V. tobacco plantation owned by Capt.

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Grissom also takes care in describing the home life of the slaves and white family on the plantation. The lives of the slaves center around their roles in the kitchen house and the big house. There is little political detail, but she explains that the plantation is in Southern Virginia, far from any cities. I do wish there was more historical detail throughout the book, but that’s just my preference with a historical novel.

New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Grissom was the keynote speaker at the Navigating Your Writing Life conference in Charlottesville, VA. She told the fascinating story behind the story of her novel, The Kitchen House. She quickly jotted down the scene (which ended up as the prologue to The Kitchen House ) and slipped the papers into a drawer. Sometime later, her father told her a story about a white Irish girl who came to the US by ship with her parents and brothers. Her parents died during the journey, the boys survived, but no one knows what happened to the little girl. His response is priceless: Abinia, he said, pointing toward the chickens, you look at those birds.

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The Kitchen House book. I must say this is the first audiobook that I have thoroughly enjoyed and was captivated from start to finish. THE KITCHEN HOUSE by KATHLEEN GRISSOM is a very touching, powerful, gripping, heart-wrenching, and a beautifully written Historical Fiction novel which is set on a plantation in the antebellum South that grabbed my listening ears right from the very first chapter. The novel was told in alternating perspectives of Lavinia and Belle with a different narrator for each voice.

Lavinia, a seven-year-old Irish orphan with no memory of her past, arrives on a tobacco plantation where she is put to work as an indentured servant. Placed with the slaves in the kitchen house under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her new adopted family, even though she is forever set apart from them by her white skin. As Lavinia is slowly accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles an opium addiction, she finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When Lavinia marries the master's troubled son and takes on the role of mistress, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare and lives are put at risk. The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail..
Reviews: 7
I have read many historical fiction novels of plantation life and "Master" / "Slave" relationships, however this is the first that I have read where one of the slaves (indentured servants) was not a descendent of Africa, andI found this component intriguing.

This story is told in alternating voices of House Slave, Belle in even numbered chapters and Indentured Servant, Lavina in odd numbered chapters. Lavina is brought to the plantation after the death of her parents on a ship, by the Ship's Captain who owns a tobacco plantation. There is mystery and mayhem at every turn and many surprises (I'm no spoiler)

Even though it is a well-known and often relayed part of "OUR" history; as an African-American, it is still difficult for me to read about the slave brutality and abuse, when written by an Anglo Author.

The overall story is good for the historical fiction lover.
This is an astoundingly accomplished first novel, and one in which the institution of slavery in the U.S. during the 19th century figures prominently. When I started to read the book, I thought that there might be a problem with the download, as the book started in the midst of a sentence, the first part of wnich was entirely absent. This, however, was not a mistake, but an element of style, and one that works extremely well as the narration's point of view shifts among various characters. Their reminiscing and descriptions combine to tell the story of Lavinia, an Irish girl orphaned, at age six, on the Atlantic passage and indentured to compensate for her passage and care.

Naive to the politics of color in 19th century Virginia, Lavinia is raised in a black family as she is taught to be part of the house staff on Tall Oaks plantation. As she grows up, the hard lessons of racial discrimination are taught and learned -- never easily. Author Kathleen Grissom does an outstanding job of writing Lavinia's conflict without moralizing, though it's also abundantly clear through the tale told that slavery and discrimination are abhorrent.

This is one of the best books I have read in quite some time. Although it is a novel and purposed as entertainment, it is meticulously researched and factually accurate for the historical time period. While not history, this giction makes hitory come alive, and to that extent it serves an incredibly valuable role. Grissom gives brutally accurate portrayls of the role of women; the paucity of mefical knowledge; the appalling treatment of the mentally ill; the problems of opiate addiction; the abuses of slavery (especially its destruction of families); etc.

This is a book worth reading at least once, probably twice, and maybe even a third time. There is a lot here.
The Kitchen House is an extraordinary, compelling book about a tobacco plantation at the turn of the 19th century. This book was told with an unusual twist; the story centers around Lavinia, a young girl who is orphaned during her passage to America from Ireland, who becomes an indentured servant on the plantation. She is assigned to the kitchen house to assist Belle, a slave who is also the illegitimate daughter of the plantation's owner. Lavinia is torn between the slaves who become her family, and the owner and his family who live in the big house. Told in painstaking detail, this book is a gritty, realistic look at this sad time in history, but is ultimately a story of hope, family secrets, and the bonds that transcend race.
On starting this book I believed I was really going to enjoy it. The theme of the slave trade and the effects that trade had on the lives of both masters and victims has always fascinated me. I also love historical fiction with a wide scope. So I began reading with high hopes of a new 'Gone with the Wind'.
Lavinia's arrival at the big House, her loss of family, her terror at her new surroundings, her lack of coping mechanisms at age 7 were all too credible. I thought I was hooked...... then the story began to descend into melodrama, and ended up as a soap opera to rival any episode of 'The Bold and the Beautiful'!
We had child and female abuse, rape, incest, paedophilia, homosexuality, drug dependence, sickness and madness; then murder by knifing, whipping, shooting and hanging. The illegitimate children became so numerous that by the end of the story I was losing track of which child belonged to which mother and could not recall those that had died (several had).... all this packaged into one story. In addition, all the white women in the story were spineless, and all the coloured slaves courageous and loyal to a fault.
What a pity such a promising idea deteriorated into chaos. I was not even moved emotionally by all the sorrowful happenings, I was just in overload wondering what horrific events were waiting in the wings for both the characters in the novel.... and the readers.
A disappointing read after all the hype!
This is a wonderful, and at many times a sad story. It also highlights the "triumph of the human spirit" and faith. Based on a sad time in our history, the hardships endured, and the brave people that lived through it. I guess it would be classified as Historical Fiction but I'm sure there is more truth in it than fiction. I have also read the sequel "Glory Over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House" and it is just as wonderful and informative. It has much value in educating us about our history and learning from it. I'm looking forward to more from Kathleen Grissom
This historical fiction touches on slavery in the south in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This is the period usually undocumented in novels. Not only does it touch on the use of Irish indentured servants in the south, but also the complicated and shockingly brutal and tragic treatment of many of the slaves on the southern plantations in what became the acceptable way of southern plantation life before the Civil War. The extensive research done by the author is evident in the details, characters, and plot development of this novel. I found it well written and well developed in content, character, and plot.