The Kitchen House, Kathleen Grissom
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The Kitchen House

Author: Kathleen Grissom

Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin

Unabridged: 12 hr 57 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Published: 04/26/2010

Genre: Fiction - Historical

Synopsis

Gone with the Wind is turned upside down in this stunning debut novel of the antebellum South, a tragic story of pageturning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail.

When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family. Orphaned while onboard a ship from Ireland, sevenyearold Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work 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 them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk. The Kitchen House is a tragic story of pageturning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail.

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AudiobooksNow review by Donna on 2012-11-11 02:31:25

This book was compared to The Help, but other than about life in the Civil Rights era, The Help didnt have half the impact that The Kitchen House had. I read The Help and I really loved the book, but this book not only left a deep impression if not much more accurate impression than any other book on the subject, it left me feeling as if I was there. I wasnt just reading a story, but a silent observer of the everyday life of all the characters. I couldnt put it down. If this was Grissoms first book I cant wait for her next book.

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