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December 2012 - THE KITCHEN HOUSE

The winner for December with 8 votes is THE KITCHEN HOUSE by Kathleen Grissom.

When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family.


Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin.

Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Susan for the gift. I was told the book called Secret Daughter by shilpi Somaya Gowda was pretty good.

    December 10, 2012

    • Susan

      I will add it to the list.

      December 10, 2012

    • Debbie

      It is one of my favorite books, a great book club read for sure.

      December 11, 2012

  • Regina S.

    Susan, thanks so much for a lovely bookmark. How thoughtful of you!

    December 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great evening! I enjoyed meeting everyone!

    1 · December 6, 2012

  • Ronnie

    I will not be able to make it on Dec. 6..i will be at the one in January-please let me know what book everyone will be reading

    December 5, 2012

  • Regina S.

    I just want to ask if I can bring my friend, Rosemarie, to our discussion. She came with me last month, but is not on Meet up. She read The Kitchen House and would like to attend. I don't k ow hoe to do plus one on meet up.

    December 3, 2012

    • Susan

      The more the merrier!

      December 3, 2012

    • Regina S.

      Thanks. Is there a discussion in January?

      December 3, 2012

  • Patricia

    I read the book and am looking forward to discussing it however I know I will not be able to make it by 7PM. How long do you think you will be there? Can I come later?

    November 30, 2012

    • Susan

      If you want to come late that's fine, we usually wrap up our meeting around 9:00pm

      November 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    How come we're not meeting at Barnes and Noble in Bay Terrace?

    October 19, 2012

    • Susan

      B&N doesn't have any groups in December because of the holiday displays and how busy they are during the season.

      October 20, 2012

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