This book was set in the 1960's in the fictional southern Indiana town of Plainview. Friends Clarice, Odette, and Barbara Jean (dubbed "The Supremes" at their teenage hangout "Earl's All-You-Can-Eat") go through the things that devoted female friends do,
Over the course of more than four decades, Clarice deals with her unfaithful husband, Odette talks to the ghosts of her mother, Eleanor Roosevelt, and others, and Barbara Jean's first love is a white teenaged boy - then she marries much older Lester - then she faced the death of her son. Alcoholism, cancer, racism abound - and the Supremes get through it all.
It's a beautiful, sometimes-sad, heartwarming story which I would read again, which I don't say lightly since I have hundreds of books on my wish list and I'm getting too old to ever get through all of them. I loved it!
Yes I will definitely read in the future, this book is a page turner and so beautifully written. This is my first read by author l love this book and look forward to reading more books for author.
the miracle under the walnut tree.
wow not fair to name one but I will see the walnut tree.
The novel made me laugh and yes I did get a little teary eyed.
Can't go wrong reading this one.
Takes a long time to get into and not much happens. Good character development though and an interesting slice of life story. Don't read if you're looking for something captivating.
Funny, Touching, Surprising
I loved the way the author wove the Supremes' story around their husbands and family members. I laughed out loud many times and shed tears on more than one occasion .
I loved the narrator who performed Odette's story. She made her come alive for me. I didn't like the narrator who read Chick's story. But she did a great job on everyone else.
That's hard. I would say Odette, Barbara Jean and Chick. Each had a story that was so compelling.
I am so impressed that the author, a man, was able to bring three Black women to life in such a way that I felt like I knew these women. This is a wonderful book!
I was very surprised to find out the author of this book was a man. He captures a woman's voice and thoughts so easily. I thoroughly his depiction of the three Supremes and their supporting male and female cast.
Great book, great character's and unique plot. The book is very funny but yet very touching. It made me laugh and cry. I loved the narrator. I will be looking for more books to read from this author.
laugh out loud
timebomb vs sycamore tree
king of the pretty white boys...to see just how pretty he was.
I loved this book. It made me smile, laugh out loud and cry my eyes out. How can you get better than that? The 3 Supremes became my friends.
The author introduced each character slowly, reaching back to the past then leading you into the present so well that the Supremes became people you want to spend time with. Like old friends that fill your memory and sustain you through life's most difficult times. I feel blessed to have friends like these. That is why I know the deep appreciation these women had for each other.
I have listened to this book twice already, and will probably listen to it again before the end of the summer. It is a sweet, satisfying story written with believable characters, a great sense of humor and style. Each of the characters hold their own in the story, and together, the ensemble is a force to be reckoned with.
I loved the tenderness shown between James and Odette: how James made coffee for her and tried to style her hair while it was falling out. The intimacy between the two of them was endearing and sweet. I also liked the tender relationship between Barbara Jean and Chick. Dora was great for comic relief.
Both readers did an amazing job, with just the right inflection for each character.
I laughed and cried. I celebrated the characters' triumphs and felt their pain I think that I ran through all of the human emotions with this book.