Glory Over Everything

Glory Over Everything

Beyond the Kitchen House

Audiobook CD - 2016 | Unabridged.
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The author of the 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. This new, stand-alone novel opens in 1830, and Jamie is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith. One day, Jamie learns that his beloved servant Pan has been captured and sold into slavery in the South. After his secret past is exposed, Jamie embarks on a trip to a North Carolina plantation where Pan is being held with a former Tall Oakes slave named Sukey. 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 Audio,, 2016.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781442397712
Characteristics: 12 audio discs (14 hours) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary: The author of the 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. This new, stand-alone novel opens in 1830, and Jamie is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith. One day, Jamie learns that his beloved servant Pan has been captured and sold into slavery in the South. After his secret past is exposed, Jamie embarks on a trip to a North Carolina plantation where Pan is being held with a former Tall Oakes slave named Sukey. 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.

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kleask1986
May 13, 2019

Presque Isle: Posen

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SuzeParker
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.

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Mindy4131
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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