Glory Over Everything

Glory Over Everything

Beyond the Kitchen House

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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"The author of the New York Times bestseller and beloved book club favorite The Kitchen House continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master of Tall Oakes, whose deadly secret compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad. Published in 2010, The Kitchen House became a grassroots bestseller. Fans connected so deeply to the book's characters that the author, Kathleen Grissom, found herself being asked over and over "what happens next?" The wait is finally over. This new, stand-alone novel opens in 1830, and Jamie, who fled from the Virginian plantation he once called home, is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith. After many years of striving, Jamie has achieved acclaim and security, only to discover that his aristocratic lover Caroline is pregnant. Before he can reveal his real identity to her, he learns that his beloved servant Pan has been captured and sold into slavery in the South. Pan's father, to whom Jamie owes a great debt, pleads for Jamie's help, and Jamie agrees, knowing the journey will take him perilously close to Tall Oakes and the ruthless slave hunter who is still searching for him. Meanwhile, Caroline's father learns and exposes Jamie's secret, and Jamie loses his home, his business, and finally Caroline. Heartbroken and with nothing to lose, Jamie embarks on a trip to a North Carolina plantation where Pan is being held with a former Tall Oakes slave named Sukey, who is intent on getting Pan to the Underground Railroad. Soon the three of them are running through the Great Dismal Swamp, the notoriously deadly hiding place for escaped slaves. Though they have help from those in the Underground Railroad, not all of them will make it out alive"--
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
ISBN: 9781442397736
Characteristics: audio file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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May 13, 2019

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Oct 10, 2018

I loved Kathleen Grissom's first book, The Kitchen House, and have recommended it to friends over and over. While I perhaps didn't enjoy this sequel quite as much, it's still a very good book. Certainly, telling it from the perspective of a man who, in pre-Civil War days, was living as white but would have been considered black had the secret of his heritage been known, was somewhat unusual. Jamie wasn't consistently a character of integrity, but his struggle to figure out where he fit in the culture of the day came through clearly and likely contributed to his periodic questionable decisions.

It was great to see several strong female characters in this book, including the slave woman, Sukey. These characters exhibited bravery and influence in a time when white women were largely confined to traditional societal roles and enslaved women were powerless over almost everything in their lives.

The book's ending sets a perfect stage for a third book. Please, Ms. Grissom, let us know what happens next for these characters, especially Pan and the headstrong Ms. Spencer.

May 02, 2016

I've read this author before (The Kitchen House) and really enjoyed the 1st person narration, which is particularly effective given that the central character(s) perspective is so essential to the emotional and personal content of the story. This novel followed suit, giving the reader the benefit of how it might feel to be a young man raised as white, later to discover his lineage includes a mother who was a slave in his father's house. Forced to flee after the deathbed of his grandmother (and protector), we see how his decisicions are impacted, as he lives in fear of being called out as a slave while passing for white. Struggling to find his courage and honor, we meet a cast interesting characters who help him find himself, his honor and place in the world. Good insight into the social, political and general morays of the times; enjoyable read. Recommend.


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