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Twitterature– The Kitchen House

on August 13, 2013

the kitchen houseWOW! One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Historical fiction in early 19th-century Virginia, on a plantation. We witness the dynamics between the family in the “big house,” the house “servants” (It was so uncouth to use the word “slave”), the field hands, the overseer, and the protagonist, a little white Irish girl whose parents who had indentured themselves to pay for passage to America, then died on the voyage over. She lived somewhere between the worlds of white and black, of Kitchen House and Big House.

I had to peek at the end to avoid heart failure… the tension was so great!


5 stars book

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11 responses to “Twitterature– The Kitchen House

  1. Thank you, Melinda, for taking the time to give a review and a great one at that! It is bloggers such as yourself that have made all the difference and I am so grateful to you.

  2. Patty B says:

    Sounds like my type of book – I am adding it to my reading list now… thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Jeannie says:

    That one looks GREAT.

  4. I’ve never heard of it, but it sounds fascinating! Thanks for the rec. :)

  5. As a fellow bookaholic, I would love to share this one with you, if you haven’t read:

    And are you familiar with The Known World? I think by Edward Jones. About blacks who owned blacks back then!! FASCinating.

  6. Anita says:

    I loved this book to and it was a book I couldn’t put down to the end. Also it was an emotional.

    I did a review also which you can read at


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