The Kitchen House: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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|Listening Length||12 hours and 57 minutes|
|Narrator||Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin|
|Audible.ca Release Date||September 26 2017|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #14,284 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#131 in Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#805 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#874 in Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Top reviews from Canada
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I thought the ending somewhat rushed, compared to the length of time for the story to conclude. Non the less, it was a very good read, and makes me want to read more by this author.
The injustice then is truly horrific (and still continues). This book took a while to get into but was a worthwhile read.
The characters were very believable, some admirable, some despicable .
The author's ability to take you right into the time period, fears and hopes of each character,
pretty much started on the first few pages and continued throughout the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in a story
of love and family although not related, of different colour and background yet bound by the
simplicity of right & wrong and God's love.
Top reviews from other countries
It covers a wide range of sensitive topics including domestic abuse, rape, mental illness, drug dependency and of course racism as evidenced in the slave trade. These issues provoke fierce debate and evoke even greater emotions. Unfortunately I did not feel the emotion I believe the author intended to evoke in her reader. Rather than tackling these issues directly, Grissom skirts around them, maintaining a distance. The heinous acts committed by various characters are only ever implied. Although I do not expect explicit descriptions, I feel that had the author been more descriptive, the emotional impact would have been much greater.
For me author's writing lacked sophistication and as a result I did not connect with the characters or the story as I would have liked to. I do not mean this in a derogatory way but this book very much had the feel of a young adult book and I do think this would be very popular with the young adult audience.
However I would not discourage others from reading it! It is an interesting premise and shines a light once again on the horrors of the slave trade.
Lavinia is but one of a large cast of characters in this novel. She is naive, but likable, however not my favourite. Out of all of them Mama Mae is my favourite character. 'I work for Mrs. Pyke like I don't know what tired mean. Nothing' that I won't do. "Yes, Mrs. Pyke, you right, Mrs. Pyke," that all I say. You girls watch me close. I act like I don't have no mind of my own, except how to make every body in the big house happy. That because I mean to stay up there, and I tryin' hard to keep you girls with me.'
I found this to be a real page-turner; I really couldn't wait to see how the story would unfold. It was exciting up until the very end.