Intergenerational ‘Kitchen House’ klatch

Feb 08, 2013
Photo by: Charles Grissom Kathleen Grissom

Thomaston — The Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will discuss “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 2:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend the event, which will take place at Thomaston Public Library, located in the historic Thomaston Academy building on Main Street/Route 1.

The well-received 2010 debut novel’s popularity of this book has been achieved in that best of all ways — slowly and surely, by word of mouth among book clubs and other ardent readers who, by 2013, have turned this release into a break-out hit.

In 1791, a 7-year-old Irish girl named Lavinia becomes orphaned while making the treacherous sea journey from Ireland to America. She is taken to the ship captain’s tobacco plantation in Virginia, where she is to live as an indentured servant. Assigned to work with the slaves in the kitchen house, Lavinia bonds with her new slave family. Over time, she is also accepted into the “big house’’ by the captain’s wife, who battles opium addiction. Lavinia must learn to straddle two worlds, that of master and slave; black and white. The Kitchen House does not shrink from the horrors of plantation life or from depicting the relative oppression of all women, free, indentured, or enslaved, in the 18th-century South.

On the third Tuesday of each month, the Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together to share their opinions and ideas about the book selection. Extra copies of the books are purchased by the Friends of the Thomaston Public Library from the Annual Appeal funds; donations are welcome.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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