Cannonball Read IV: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
The Kitchen House is a story of a family on a plantation in Virginia at the turn of the eighteenth century. Life was different then, slavery was commonplace, slaves were family members both acknowledged and unacknowledged. The Kitchen House tells a family story through the life of a young orphaned Irish girl, Lavinia, brought to the plantation from the Master's ship. From her perspective, the tale is twined throughout the slave quarters and reaches into the house. This novel is engaging because of the ring of authentic truth woven in the tragic family tapestry, its mundane routines, the interests and experiences of both slave and orphaned indentured servant, its acceptance of slavery as a way of life.
The characters come alive and you hear the rope swinging, you feel the fire crackling, you see the colors so vivid and horrible truth laid out at the in the beginning, and then you read Chapter 1...only to come full circle at the end with a better understanding and insight into the scene that sets up the book at the beginning. All in all, I can't wait to read another of Grissom's books, and I have highly recommended it to friends and family.
I highly recommend it to you now!
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