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The Kitchen House

May 6, 2010

On eHarmony, they make you choose genres of everything you like. It’s actually quite annoying.

“Laura, you’ve indicated that you enjoy watching TV. What types of TV do you like the best?”

Real answer: Real World/Road Rules Challenge, Real Housewives of New Jersey, Ellen.

Answer I wrote: Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, channel hopper.

“Laura, you say you like music. Please provide us with the top three bands or groups you enjoy.”

Real answer: Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Usher, summertime pop (Jason Derulo, Jay-Sean, Katy Perry), lesbian indie rock (Indigo Girls)

Answer I wrote: Left it blank.

“Laura, you love to read. What kind of books are your favorite?”

Real answer: Trashy chick lit, beach reads, historical fiction.

Answer I wrote: Historical fiction, nonfiction, modern fiction.

All of that introduction was to say that yes, I’ve read yet another historical fiction book that I could not put down.

The Kitchen House is about Lavinia, an indentured servant from Ireland who comes to work at a plantation in Virginia upon the death of her parents and brother on board a plantation owner’s ship. The next twenty years are told through her perspective and of Belle, the slave who runs the kitchen house—although Belle is the captain’s daughter with a former slave.

The story has sex, rape, abuse, crime, incest, intrigue, love, suspense, tragedy, and pain, and the threads of family and southern slave culture are interwoven throughout. A great read.

One Comment leave one →
  1. holly permalink
    May 7, 2010 5:27 pm

    It is on my hold list at the CC library! Thanks for the great review.

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