The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There are some books whose characters' plights won't leave you when you put the book down to go to sleep. This is one of those treasures. Written in the voices of two different women in the early 1800s - the slave daughter of a white plantation owner and an orphaned indentured Irish servant whose parents perished on the boat from Ireland-, this book will seep into your bones and keep you from putting it down for long. It is tension-filled and well paced and gives readers a tragic glimpse into the atrocities committed during the era of slavery, as well as the less-well-known history of indentured Irish slaves.
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Julie Richie is a mother and writer who was inspired to write by the book Beat the Turtle Drum by Constance C. Greene when she was eleven years old.