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The Kitchen House: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

46 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

An incredible story with characters you will love and never forget.

I purchased this book Friday night on my way home from work. I am usually a chapter a night reader; I started The Kitchen House Friday at midnight and read till 4:30am:
I was awake at 8:30 and finish it.

Grissom's writing creates such a colorful picture that you f...
I purchased this book Friday night on my way home from work. I am usually a chapter a night reader; I started The Kitchen House Friday at midnight and read till 4:30am:
I was awake at 8:30 and finish it.

Grissom's writing creates such a colorful picture that you find yourself transported back in time. The characters are not just on the page, but are with you in such a way that you experience what they are experiencing. This is not a book that you merely read and put down, it stays with you. Papa George, Mama May, Belle and the host of other inhabitants of Tall Oaks pull you into their world and keep you hooked till the end.

Though I normally don't read historical fiction I was brought in by it's haunting cover and after reading the prologue I couldn't put it down. I LOVED this book!

posted by readtillyoudrop on February 21, 2010

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

For the first 150 pages you will not want to put it down....

it's the kind of novel that is written with such great care to detail that you feel you are at the plantation Tall Oaks and you know the characters personally. You can't wait to see what happens next, then...the title character, Lavinia, gets older. She becomes irritati...
it's the kind of novel that is written with such great care to detail that you feel you are at the plantation Tall Oaks and you know the characters personally. You can't wait to see what happens next, then...the title character, Lavinia, gets older. She becomes irritating with her "I just can't believe I didn't realize..." half-wit response to things happening right in front of her. Everyone else realizes it, but not poor, weak-minded Lavinia. But when that little bulb DOES go off and she just can't seem to be able to handle the truth of the situations, she has to retire to her bedroom, self-medicating with morphine & you are left wanting to scream "ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!? YOU & YOUR SCUMBAG HUSBAND OWN HUMAN BEINGS THAT HE BRUTALIZES, MENTALLY & PHYSICALLY, ON A DAILY BASIS & YOU FEEL THE NEED TO RETREAT!!?" One of the slaves put it best when she complained to another slave & more or less said that she couldn't believe that a FREE white woman was carrying on so much when she had so much to be glad about while the slave being brutally raped by the husband AND giving birth to his children still managed to see the beauty in life. I'm on page 260 of 360 & had to stop reading to write this I am getting so irritatingly PISSED!! The Author has about 100 more pages to turn Lavinia into something more than a weak, spineless, idiot of a young woman that stands around wringing her hands, crying (literally...A LOT!!!) about HER miserable circumstances whilst being served dinner by a slave girl with a black & blue face from the previous night's boxing match with the husband. I don't have high hopes here. Pathetic.

posted by hayleyleann on July 10, 2014

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