Book Review & Blog Tour: Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom
This is our stop during the blog tour for Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom. This blog tour was organized by Simon and Schuster Canada and runs from March 30 – April 13, 2016.
veronica | I was beyond ecstatic when Simon and Schuster Canada offered me an advanced copy of Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom. I loved The Kitchen House and new pretty early on that I would love this as well. I was not disappointed.
We first met Jamie Pyke in The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything follows how he escaped and set himself up as a white man living in Philadelphia. Jamie now goes by Jamie Burton as he’d been adopted as a teen by his employer. But as living a lie is wont to do, his past comes back to haunt him. As a favour, Jamie had taken on an old friend’s son in his home but Pan gets taken as a slave. Jamie then embarks on a trip back to Virginia, and the place of his childhood horrors.
While this is a very well written novel, the theme is hard to swallow. Slavery and racism (to think, all this still exists in some form today) is never an easy topic to write about, let alone write intelligibly while honouring what happened during that time. Ms. Grisson is able to do just that and still do justice to slavers and slaves alike.
Ms. Grissom has this incredible ability to write and give such life to her characters. You can’t help but feel outrage, pain and joy in them. She breathes such life into each character and really made Glory Over Everything a must read in 2016. If you haven’t yet read The Kitchen House, what are you waiting for?
april 5, 2016