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The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

The Kitchen House (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Kathleen Grissom

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Title:The Kitchen House
Authors:Kathleen Grissom
Info:New York : Touchstone Books, 2010.
Collections:Your library
Tags:historical fiction, plantation life, 19th century Virginia

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The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (2010)

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    The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Blogletter)
    Blogletter: Zowel Het Keukenhuis door Kathleen Grissom als Een keukenmeidenroman door Kathryn Stocket gaan over slavernij in Amerika.
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    Someone Knows My Name: A Novel by Lawrence Hill (Anonymous user, vancouverdeb)
    Anonymous user: Both The Kitchen House and the Book of Negroes are about Black Slavery in the South. They are different, but provide an eye opening look at Black Slavery.
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    Oonagh by Mary Tilberg (Iudita)
    Iudita: Historical fiction about indentured servants.
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    Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball (dara85)
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    Cane River by Lalita Tademy (dara85)
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    Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim (susiesharp)
    susiesharp: this is also a tale of the south and slavery but this one is not as depressing as The Kitchen House but has a similar feel.
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    Year the Colored Sisters Came to Town by Jacqueline Guidry (varwenea)
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    The Long Song by Andrea Levy (vancouverdeb)
    vancouverdeb: Similar themes: black slaves, a young woman who works within the "White Master's" Plantation house.Slavery,Freedom from slavery; both wonderfully written. Divided loyalities, a fiesty female slave.

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This story is a page turning read as we follow the fortunes and misfortunes of an Irish girl, 7 year old Lavinia McCarten, who is orphaned while on route to the United States. The ship's captain takes her to his home in Virginia and places her in the care of his illegitimate coloured daughter to assist in the kitchen.
There is nothing new revealed to this reader of the horrors inflicted on indentured African-Americans on these plantations. Nonetheless it is a well crafted story and the narrative moves along at a pace. ( )
  HelenBaker | Jun 7, 2017 |
Loved this book.
Wonderful historical fiction with great characters, great story line and very well written.
Didn't put it down unless absolutely had to! ( )
  KarenHerndon | May 8, 2017 |
Seven-year-old Lavinia is orphaned while onboard a ship coming from Ireland. she arrives on the steps of a Virginia tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house.

This is a really good book! ( )
  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
I've never been so profoundly affected by a work of fiction (with the exception of Butler's Kindred. I found my mood severely altered following my nightly sessions. Though it is fiction, it is a brutally honest look at slavery in a way that is often ignored or forgotten in fiction. ( )
  TinaMReid | Apr 23, 2017 |
A Captivating Story
The Kitchen House has so many good reviews I had to pick it up. It is easy to read and there is no shortage of well developed characters. The writing, however left something to be desired from my perspective. It is a bit unpolished - otherwise this could be at least a 4 star novel. In some cases, the old adage "show don't tell" would make the difference.
One cannot argue with success however, so as a new novelist myself I must congratulate Kathleen Grissom on the popularity of her debut. The research and story-telling can't be faulted - thus I will be looking for her next novel.
(By the author of A Place in the World).
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  CindaMac | Mar 26, 2017 |
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Though there are several compelling insights in The Kitchen House, it’s nevertheless a formulaic story. There are graphic shocks, but no surprises.
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After seven-year-old Lavinia is orphaned on the journey from Ireland to the United States, she begins work in the kitchen house of a tobacco plantation and bonds with the slaves who become her adopted family, but when Lavinia is accepted into the big house, her loyalties are challenged.
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"In 1790, 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 with the kitchen house slaves. Though she becomes deeply bonded to her new family, Lavinia is also slowly accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. As time passes she finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds and when loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare and lives are at risk. "--Publisher's description.… (more)

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