The New York Times bestselling book club favorite—about a white indentured servant girl who unwittingly unleashes tragedy in Virginia’s plantation society—celebrates its tenth anniversary with a new edition featuring a new cover, introduction, and much more.
Orphaned while onboard a ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia has no choice but to accept her fate as an indentured servant among the slaves of a tobacco plantation in Virginia. Under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though her white skin keeps her aware of her difference.
But as Lavinia is slowly accepted into the world of the big house, she finds herself perilously straddling two very different realities. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.
The Kitchen House is a touching and ultimately hopeful story of class, race, dignity, deep-buried secrets, and familial bonds tale “that grabs the reader and demands to be devoured” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis).