The Kitchen House

the-kitchen-houseAuthor: Kathleen Grissom

First Edition: 2010

Original language: English



Told from the point of view of an orphaned Irish indentured servant and the illegitimate daughter of a tobacco plantation owner and one of his slaves, The Kitchen House tells the story of slavery in the US through unconventional, female eyes.  Lavinia’s parents die on the crossing from Ireland and she is thrown into the kitchen house and the family of slaves that serves the white family in the big house.  Belle runs the kitchen house, cooking the meals for the captain, his wife and their children.  What the captain’s family doesn’t know is that Belle is his daughter.

As she grows up, Lavinia becomes accepted into white society and is forced to leave her family in the kitchen house.  In her haste to return…

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