The Kitchen House: A Novel

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Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of the highly anticipated Glory Over Everything, established herself as a remarkable new talent with The Kitchen House, now a contemporary classic. In this gripping novel, a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate at a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War.

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.


  • KitchenHouse 01 Open

    Duration: 07s
  • KitchenHouse 02 Dedication

    Duration: 10s
  • KitchenHouse 03 Prologue

    Duration: 02min
  • KitchenHouse 04 Chapter1

    Duration: 30min
  • KitchenHouse 05 Chapter2

    Duration: 04min
  • KitchenHouse 06 Chapter3

    Duration: 27min
  • KitchenHouse 07 Chapter4

    Duration: 01min
  • KitchenHouse 08 Chapter5

    Duration: 32min
  • KitchenHouse 09 Chapter6

    Duration: 04min
  • KitchenHouse 10 Chapter7

    Duration: 18min
  • KitchenHouse 11 Chapter8

    Duration: 02min
  • KitchenHouse 12 Chapter9

    Duration: 26min
  • KitchenHouse 13 Chapter10

    Duration: 07min
  • KitchenHouse 14 Chapter11

    Duration: 42min
  • KitchenHouse 15 Chapter12

    Duration: 03min
  • KitchenHouse 16 Chapter13

    Duration: 24min
  • KitchenHouse 17 Chapter14

    Duration: 03min
  • KitchenHouse 18 Chapter15

    Duration: 09min
  • KitchenHouse 19 Chapter16

    Duration: 57s
  • KitchenHouse 20 Chapter17

    Duration: 07min
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