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  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6728)
    Performance
    (4705)
    Story
    (4690)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    Having been reading novels dealing with ante-bellum life in the south since my teens, much of the material in this novel was old hat, however, the readers were wonderful and the tale from the slaves' viewpoint was what held my interest. I'm still enough of a Pollyanna to think that not ALL plantations were subject to the stereotype white owners portrayed here; I tend to want to believe that some were operated like Tara in GWTW. Be that as it may, I can still recommend this book and especially enjoyed Bahni Turpin's narration.

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