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The Kitchen House
The Kitchen House
Author: Kathleen Grissom
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 ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781439153666
ISBN-10: 1439153663
Publication Date: 2/2/2010
Pages: 384
Edition: Original
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 400 ratings
Publisher: Touchstone
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 10
What stuck with most about this book was the overwhelming frustration, and powerlessness of the characters, whether, white or black, slave, indentured or free, the women and men of this story were at the mercy of some dark, cruel men.

Right from page one you know that Lavina, comes to the house to find it burned down and someone is dead, and Lavina's 7 year old daughter is with her. But you are compelled to read the story to find out who fathers this child, cause there are a few possible outcomes. For that reason you will keep reading to find out who, and what and why, and when. You just cant stop reading until you know.
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Helpful Score: 10
A very well-written book. Intriguing, but dark. I was immediately drawn into the characters' lives. I really liked how the author uses two different voices to tell the story, because it gives the reader a more well-rounded viewpoint.

The actual subject matter of the book itself was rather depressing, but I couldn't tear myself away from it. I would definitely read another novel written by this author.
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Helpful Score: 7
Before starting this book go to the back and read the author's note, I almost put it down after 50 pages but instead the pages just kept turning until I was engrossed in the story of plantation life about the slaves and their owners. Very well written.
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Helpful Score: 5
I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. A completely engrossing read that takes place in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Told in the alternating voices of an Irish indentured servant and the daughter of a slave and her white master. I was immediately pulled into the story, and became immediatley invested in the lives of the many characters who come to life so vividly on the page. Very accomplished debut effort which I highly recommend.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is very compelling in a stark, tragic way. It is the story of slavery, told by several different persons, but mainly from a white bond servant who arrives at the plantation as a child. I was disappointed in this character. She was betrayed as having no clue what was going on even after she had lived with the slaves for years. I didn't find that realistic in the least.

I kept waiting for someone to be the hero of this book. I didn't find a hero. People were caught in situations they had no control over and while they remained loyal to each other, no one stepped up and did anything about it. The slaves had NO choice in any of the treatment. The white girl, once she became a woman, could have had the power. She didn't take it and she didn't use it to help herself or others. She just kept taking the easy way out.

Yes - the book is compelling. But it certainly is not a book that will leave you feeling good in any way.
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