Meet Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean....
Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio. Dubbed "The Supremes" by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life’s storms together for the next four decades. Now, during their most challenging year yet, dutiful, proud, and talented Clarice must struggle to keep up appearances as she deals with her husband’s humiliating infidelities. Beautiful, fragile Barbara Jean is rocked by the tragic reverberations of a youthful love affair. And fearless Odette engages in the most terrifying battle of her life while contending with the idea that she has inherited more than her broad frame from her notorious pot-smoking mother, Dora.
Through marriage, children, happiness, and the blues, these strong, funny women gather each Sunday at the same table at Earl’s diner for delicious food, juicy gossip, occasional tears, and uproarious banter.
With wit and love, style and sublime talent, Edward Kelsey Moore brings together four intertwined love stories, three devoted allies, and two sprightly earthbound spirits in a big-hearted debut novel that embraces the lives of people you will never forget.
©2013 Edward Kelsey Moore (P)2013 Random House Audio
"Edward Kelsey Moore has written a novel jam-packed with warmth, honesty, wit, travail, and just enough madcap humor to keep us giddily off-balance. It teems with memorable characters, chief among them Odette, as unlikely and irresistible protagonist as we are likely to meet. The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat is that rare and happy find: a book that delivers not only good story, but good company." (Leah Hager Cohen, author of The Grief of Others)
"What a delight and a privilege it is to be among the earliest readers of this breathtaking debut. The supremely gifted, supremely entertaining, and supremely big-hearted Edward Kelsey Moore has conjured up the story of an entire community and, at its sparkling center, a trio of memorable heroines. How I long to have Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean on speed-dial! At least I'll be able to brag that I knew them before they hit the big time...as I can promise you they will." (Julia Glass, author of Three Junes and The Widower's Tale)
I really enjoyed the characters! This book made me laugh and cry...great read!
Odette - I loved her strength and determination
They brought the characters to life
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.
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