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The Kitchen House: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kathleen Grissom

Narrated By: Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2017

Duration: 12 hours 57 minutes


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.


  • Deborah S.

    I loved the book! I look forward to reading more by Kathleen Grissom! Also, the narration was excellent! So well done, the characters came to life!

  • E R

    This book is beautifully written and wonderfully read by the narrators. But you keep hoping for some shred of good to happen to these people. You can't help but feel for them and as such you want better for them. And when that fails to happen - again and again, you find yourself getting to work and getting home thoroughly depressed. Like I said, it's beautifully written, but terribly sad. It stays with you.

  • M Castaneda

    Engrossed in the story from the first paragraph.

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