The Kitchen House

The Kitchen House

Paperback Kennebec Large Print Superior Collection

By (author) Kathleen Grissom

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  • Publisher: Large Print Press
  • Format: Paperback | 625 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 30mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Detroit, MI
  • ISBN 10: 1410444627
  • ISBN 13: 9781410444622
  • Edition: Large type / large print
  • Edition statement: large type edition
  • Sales rank: 1,374,330

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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. Placed with the slaves in the kitchen house under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her new adopted family, even though she is forever set apart from them by her white skin. As Lavinia is slowly accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles an opium addiction, she finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When Lavinia marries the master's troubled son and takes on the role of mistress, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare and lives are put at risk. The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail..

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"You will be thrilled by this intimate and surprising story that connects us with an unexpected corner of our history. Kathleen Grissom gives us a new and unforgettable perspective on slavery and families and human ties in the Old South, exploring the deepest mysteries of the past that help define who we are to this day." --Robert Morgan, Bestselling author of the Oprah Book Club selection "Gap Creek"