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Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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“ Five years after her novel The Kitchen House turned a stunning light on the lives at a Virginia plantation before the Civil War, Kathleen Grissom again takes up the generations of a family as they fight their way not only to a life of freedom, but to a life that matters. Everyone moving through these pages, especially James Pyke, established in this story as a durable character of American fiction, is tangled in a great web of secrets too important to keep and too dangerous to tell. Grissom has done the near-impossible: she has kept the tension alive, tension that doesn’t let up until the final page.” (Jacqueline Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Two if by Sea)
"Glory over everything, Kathleen Grissom has done it again! With her second novel, Kathleen gives us a stirring and uplifting tale of the triumph of compassion and courage over bigotry and brutality. The story jumps of the page, and her characters are unforgettably human. Perfect for book club discussions, Glory Over Everything is absolutely a must read." (David R. Gillham, author of City of Women)
" If Dickens had been an American he might have written such a novel as this, a story with all the elements of a classic, family secrets, the struggle of an orphan to affluence and prominence, a quest for love, plus miscegenation, and escape from slavery. This exciting story of danger, fear, cruelty, loyalty, and enduring love, brings alive some of the worst in our history, and some of the best. (Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek)
“Grissom clearly has a knack for epic historical fiction. The brutality of slavery and the resilience of those subjected to it are the primary themes in both books. Jamie is a most-interesting character — a flawed protagonist who evolves through the course of his adventures. In fact, most of Grissom’s characters have weaknesses along with strengths, making this saga of slavery as textured as it is tense.” (Columbus Dispatch)
“As she proved in The Kitchen House and reaffirms in GLORY OVER EVERYTHING, Grissom is a first-rate storyteller….But storytelling alone does not define her talents. A master of character creation and development, she draws a memorable cast….Throughout the novel, Grissom neither moralizes nor excuses; instead, she observes with an unwavering but kind eye, and she bestows upon the reader, amid terrible secrets and sin, a gift of mercy: the belief that hope can triumph over hell.” (Richmond Times Dispatch)
"Grissom’s writing is authentic, and it is also full of sensitivity, compassion and an encompassing sense of respect for the people whose story she is seeking to tell." (The Globe and Mail)
"Compelling...engaging...Like The Kitchen House, Glory over Everything will appeal to readers who appreciate a thought-provoking historical drama, making it a good selection for book clubs as well." (BookPage)
"A gripping tale filled with vivid characters....Grissom is a superior storyteller." (Library Journal)
“Grissom spins a dramatic story line—the suspense never wavers—and captures the racially tense times….An emotionally rewarding novel. Expect strong book club demand.” (Booklist)
“A continuation of Grissom's (The Kitchen House, 2010) gripping saga of escaped slaves in the 1830s…Breathless to the end.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Grissom’s lyrical storytelling is rich with period details, and the novel can be read as either a memorable standalone or a captivating sequel to The Kitchen House. (Publishers Weekly)
“Filled with romance, villains, violence, courage, compassion, secrets and suspense.” (Florida Courier)
About the Author
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Kathleen Grissom is now happily rooted in south-side Virginia, where she and her husband live in the plantation tavern they renovated. She is the author of The Kitchen House and most recently Glory Over Everything.
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The story starts off from where the Kitchen House left off but with a miner character from the Kitchen House. You read about Jamie but didn't really get to know him there as you will in this book. The chapters alternate between the different characters telling their side of the story and it works so beautifully. It's really nice to have that perspective to give you the personal feeling of knowing each character as if you are standing right beside them having them tell you personally. It's pure genius!
The storyline is mostly about Jamie with Pan following in as close second. It's intense to the point that it will have you sitting on the edge of your seat holding your breath waiting to see what happens next. The last third of the book is just complete block buster action, emotions, anticipation and so much more. This really is one gripping story.
I personally would not read this as a stand alone because when you get to a certain area in the story where there is some back reference you will be lost. Not that it couldn't be read as a stand alone but I wouldn't just because you need that back history to live the intensity of the storyline. I don't usually give any book a 5 star unless it really moves me and this did. It is graphic but so were the times and subject matter. All I can say is this would be a fantastic mini series on tv.
My last notes here is if you have read the Kitchen House then read Glory Over Everything because it is just as good. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
The country side of Maine I had no idea of the turmoil between the races
In the southern states. However in this story of different situations the caricatures in this story you will see how Kathleen Grissome shows you
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