The Kitchen House: A Novel

byKathleen Grissom

Paperback | February 2, 2010

The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
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Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of the highly anticipated Glory Over Everything, established herself as a remarkable new talent with The Kitchen House, now a contemporary classic. In this gripping novel, a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate at a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War.

Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, young, white Lavinia arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and is placed, as an indentured servant, under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate slave daughter. Lavinia learns to cook, clean, and serve food, while guided by the quiet strength and love of her new family.

In time, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, caring for the master’s opium-addicted wife and befriending his dangerous yet protective son. She attempts to straddle the worlds of the kitchen and big house, but her skin color will forever set her apart from Belle and the other slaves.

Through the unique eyes of Lavinia and Belle, Grissom’s debut novel unfolds in a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of class, race, dignity, deep-buried secrets, and familial bonds.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Kathleen Grissom now lives in Virginia, where she and her husband live in the plantation tavern they renovated. In addition to The Kitchen House, she is also the author of Glory Over Everything.
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Title:The Kitchen House: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:384 pages, 8 X 5.25 X 0.7 inShipping dimensions:384 pages, 8 X 5.25 X 0.7 inPublished:February 2, 2010Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1439153663

ISBN - 13:9781439153666

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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