Author Visit: One Book-One College

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Luciano Theatre - at the Guaracini Fine & Performing Arts Center
​Cumberland County College’s “One Book-One College” 2017-18 reading initiative launched its 14th year with the selection of “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom.

Kitchen House bookcoverThe One Book-One College program is highlighted each year with an on-campus visit by the author. Cumberland will host Kathleen Grissom on Wednesday, November 1, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Guaracini Performing Arts Center. (Please note that due to a scheduling conflict, the original date of this event was changed.)

In this gripping New York Times bestseller, Kathleen Grissom brings to life a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War, where a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate.

Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, young, white Lavinia arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and is placed, as an indentured servant, under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate slave daughter. Lavinia learns to cook, clean, and serve food, while guided by the quiet strength and love of her new family.

Lavinia attempts to straddle the worlds of the kitchen and big house, but her skin color will forever set her apart from Belle and the other slaves. Through the unique eyes of Lavinia and Belle, Grissom’s debut novel unfolds in a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of class, race, dignity, deep-buried secrets and familial bonds.

Admission Cost: 
Free