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The Kitchen House - A Novel

Kathleen Grissom

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin

Length:

12h 58m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

30:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

27:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

32:42


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:38


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

26:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

42:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

25:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

00:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:17


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:59


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

18:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:33


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

15:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:28


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:50


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:27


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

38:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

23:42


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:23


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

26:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:24


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

35:43


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

17:32


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:18


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

23:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

18:56


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:11


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

16:13


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:03


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

23:08


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:54


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

19:33


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:41


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

17:20


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:25


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

18:27


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

15:09


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

24:14


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

18:53


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

22:17


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:22


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

00:22