The Kitchen House is a powerful novel that reminds the listener of the horrors of slavery in the south. The beauty, romance and glory of Gone with the Wind isn't realty. Kathleen Grissom does an excellent job of conveying that to the reader in her beautifully written account of life on a plantation as experienced by the slaves. Yes, it is a difficult listen at times but I found the courage of the workers in the Kitchen house to be uplifting and inspiring. I feel, The Kitchen House, is a must listen for all American's as it serves as a reminder of our past and offers an opportunity for each of us to count our blessings for the freedoms we embrace today thanks, in part, to those that suffered and shed blood on the rich soil of the old south.
This story provides the usual life on a southern plantation. The characters are strong and yes predictable but the family relationships provide a unique twist. This is a novel, which I would happily read again.
What a wonderful story told by two great narrators...really enjoyed that the story was told through the two different voices.
I loved this book! Narration is excellent. absolutely could not wait to get back to it and hear what happened to the characters next. This author gets you to know and care about each and every person in the story.
This book captures your attention from the first chapter and you find yourself wanting to know more about each of the characters. Highly recommended. Would love a follow-up book finding out more details of the characters lives.
I purchased this book because I thought that this book would be similar to The Help by Katherine Stockett. Since I loved that book, I thought I would really enjoy this one. However, this book is not quite like The Help. One of the narrators also voiced a character in The Help, but that is where the similarity ends. This book is closer to Roots by Alex Hailey. It made me uncomfortable in a lot of places. It has the capability to make one think about all of the injustice that was forced upon the slaves and/or indentured servants of long ago, and it also infuriated me that people were treated so callously and so wrong all because of the idiotic way that cultures were back then.
I am glad that I purchased the book. I just wish that the author would have written something not so true to the times back then. There were several places in this book where I just cried for the characters Belle.. Livinia..Mama May, George, Jamie, and Will Stephens. There really wasn't a time where one could cheer for the people overcoming the horrible things that happened to them and/or their family or loved ones..The ending just didn't do it. It was a sad but very true novel, and it made my heart ache.
Tragic and sad, at times, but also moving and inspiring. The individuals who narrated were excellent and truly brought the story alive for me. Just an great story about survival and helplessness and power - highly recommend!
This is a great historically accurate book with insight of slavery and the ownership of them, tragedy and love. Although I found Lavina to be dense which hurt the story. If you liked “The Help”. You will certainly like this book.