Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Glory Over Everything: Book Review
This last December I read The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, and it was amazing! Check out my review then go out and read The Kitchen House, ASAP. After you've done that, you're ready for it's companion, Glory Over Everything.
Glory Over Everything picks up where the The Kitchen House leaves off, but this time it's from the point of view of Belle's teenage son, Jamie, who has run off after tragedy struck on the plantation he's always called home. I don't want to give anything away from The Kitchen House, but it needs to be known that Jamie is mulatto, with his mom, Belle, being a mulatto slave, and his father being a white man. Although Jamie appears to be white as well, during those times he was considered black and was about to be sold as a slave.
Jamie escapes to the North and with the help of another slave who had escaped from a different plantation, then begins to establish himself as a white person and builds his new life.
The story goes back and forth from Jamie's life a a teenager to his life as an adult, then Jamie's past begins to haunt him. He fears that everything he's built will be taken away in the blink of an eye. We see Jamie try to fix everything, help a friend, and grow as a character.
Overall, Glory Over Everything was an amazing novel and follow up to The Kitchen House, I'd highly recommend reading them both!