Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Kitchen House

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Seven-year-old Lavinia left Ireland with her parents and brother.  When she arrives in the United States, she is orphaned and soon to be separated from her brother.  The ships captain kindly takes her home so that she can work off her passage.

Being a white girl indentured with black slaves causes a great deal of social confusion in Lavinia's life.  It isn't until she is married with a young child that she starts to really realize "the way things are."

This is Historical Fiction in that the author has re-created the life-style of slaves and slave owners of Virginia. The characters are all fictional but they are characters that, for the most part, are believable and have depth of character.  The one character that is lacking, I wonder if it wasn't on purpose since he was never really present anyway.

This is the only book by this author but I would read another if she wrote one.

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