Glory over Everything

Glory Over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (Simon & Schuster, 2016)

This work of historical fiction reminds readers of the horrors of American slavery while telling a moderately suspenseful tale. It is the sequel to her novel The Kitchen House which I have not read, but that didn’t matter. I found the writing style stilted and self-conscious, but other readers may not be bothered by this. It was disturbing to learn that being free, and even being white, did not protect anyone from being seized and sold into slavery in the America of two hundred years ago. The value placed on people’s lives seemed to be very low, which might be partly due to how common death was for all ages. At least half the main characters in this book die, so don’t get too attached. Sadly, children in that time apparently behaved just as thoughtlessly as they always have, even though disobeying their parents could lead to much more serious consequences.

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