The Kitchen House
Publication Date: May 2010
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2011 Reading Group List
“A perfect book for reading groups, The Kitchen House makes the reader ponder issues of race in a reverse way, as we see what life was like for Irish orphan Lavinia within the servant community of a tobacco plantation. With characters that are both wonderful and horrible, this is a book that continues to make me think about human nature and cross-cultural relationships.”
-- Susan Richmond, Inklings Bookshop, Yakima, WA
Gone with the Wind is turned upside down in this stunning debut novel of the antebellum South, a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail.
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
- Why do you think the author chose to tell the story through two narrators? How are Lavinia's observations and judgments different from Belle's? Does this story belong to one more than the other? If you could choose another character to narrate the novel, who would it be?