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'You must t become too friendly with them,' she said. 'They are t the same as us.' 'How?' I asked. 'How are they t the same?' When seven-year-old Irish orphan Lavinia is transported to Virginia to work in the kitchen of a wealthy plantation owner, she is absorbed into the life of the kitchen house and becomes part of the family of black slaves whose fates are tied to the plantation. But Lavinia's skin will always set her apart, whether she wishes it or t. And as she grows older, she will be torn between the life that awaits her as a white woman and the people she kws as kin. A compelling, powerful and poignant coming-of-age story about the fragility of family,and where love and loyalty prevail.
Over the past ten years, Kathleen Grissom and her husband have been restoring an old plantation tavern in Virginia. While researching the plantation's past, Kathleen found an old map on which, not far from their home, was the notation, 'Negro Hill.' Unable to determine the story of its origin, local historians suggested that it most likely represented a tragedy. This became the inspiration behind THE KITCHEN HOUSE. This is Kathleen Grissom's first novel.