Two very different novels with unconventional, loving, and supportive families at their core, THE KITCHEN HOUSE and FIN AND LADY are two novels you might want to put on your list to read. ~ Katherine
THE KITCHEN HOUSE by Kathleen Grissom
"When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she
unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she
has come to call her family.
Orphaned while on board a ship from
Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco
plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen
house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter,
Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set
apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is
accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and
the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously
straddling two very different worlds. 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 tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail." ~ from the Publisher
FIN & LADY by Cathleen Schine
"It’s 1964. Eleven-year-old Fin and his glamorous, worldly, older half
sister, Lady, have just been orphaned, and Lady, whom Fin hasn’t seen in
six years, is now his legal guardian and his only hope. That means Fin
is uprooted from a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut to Greenwich
Village, smack in the middle of the swinging ’60s. He soon learns that
Lady—giddy, careless, urgent, and obsessed with being free—is as much
his responsibility as he is hers.
So begins Fin & Lady, the lively, spirited new novel by Cathleen Schine, the author of the bestselling The Three Weissmanns of Westport.
Fin and Lady lead their lives against the background of the ’60s, the
civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War—Lady pursued by ardent,
dogged suitors, Fin determined to protect his impulsive sister from them
and from herself.
From a writer The New York Times has praised as “sparkling, crisp, clever, deft, hilarious, and deeply affecting,” Fin & Lady
is a comic, romantic love story: the story of a brother and sister who
must form their own unconventional family in increasingly unconventional
times." ~ from the Publisher