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The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
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Oct 28, 2016

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Orphaned and newly arrived from Ireland, Lavinia at 7 realizes she has a home on a plantation and is glad of that. What she does not realize is that she is an indentured servant and those she lives with are the negro slaves of "the Kitchen house" and there is a hierarchy of those who work in the "big house", those in the kitchen house, and those who work the fields. What she does understand is that these people are the only family she has and they love her and the feeling is mutual. From there, her understanding develops extremely slowly. She develops the slave attitudes as hers. Numerous beatings, celebrations and babies take up the dialog and life events until she marries the son of the house who grew up simultaneously as she did. Towards the end she seems unable to understand that her position in life as female head of the house means that she cannot continue to treat the slaves as family. Her husband is her nemesis and it takes a violent slave family uprising before all turns out okay. Liked the story until too many events occurred which began to seem too contrived to be plausible. I'd give it a 2.6 *'s if that were possible.

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September 19, 2011 – Shelved
October 28, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read

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