A Novel Bunch, the library’s book club that meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month, is talking about a favorite book in December. Each member will give a 5-6 minute summary of a favorite book that they’ve read. It can be from their childhood, such as A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, or a series such as The Lord of the Rings by J. R.R. Tolkien or a recent bestseller like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn!
I’ll be talking about a book that was published in 2010 and recommended for book clubs! The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom takes place on a southern plantation in Virginia, in the late 1700’s- early 1800’s. A young Irish girl, Lavinia looses her parents on a ship and she and her brother are bought by the ship’s captain and she comes to live at Tall Oaks plantation as an indentured servant. Her close relationship with Belle, the Captain’s illegitimate daughter and the other slaves on the estate as a young girl, is contrasted with her acceptance by the Captain’s wife and son as she matures. Straddling the worlds of the Big House and the Kitchen House and seen through the eyes of Lavinia and Belle, this story is about race, social status, familial bonds and dark secrets!