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)
Fantastic! Loved the different story lines going on throughout the book. I fell in love with all three of the Supremes with Odette as my favorite. What a great woman!
Such a hilarious story with laugh out loud moments, but the reader is so monotoned. I think I would have LOVED reading this book more than I did listening to someone botch the great parts.
Absolutely charming delightful book. Narrator absolutely perfect. A joy to listen to and meet each & every character. Smiled many times throughout and this has become one of my favorite books. Will listen to many times especially if feeling down a great feelgood good that r eminds you the importance of having good friends.
Three things about The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat (The Supremes) book appealed to me. First of all, the title is unique. Second, unlike with most books by African-American authors, the characters are of mature age and, therefore, have extensive life histories and life experiences to draw on. Third, the physical setting was easy to visualize. Unfortunately, those three good things were overshadowed by the bad. Specifically, the author's wordiness, excessive detail about non-major things, poor transitioning, unnecessary scenes, and cumbersome descriptions of the characters' interactions ruined what could have been a good book. In closing, due to the three above-mentioned positives, I really wanted to like The Supremes. For that reason, I tried numerous times over the past two years to listen to the audio in its entirety, and I tried to read it in its entirety twice. Due to the above-stated negatives, I never made it to the end of the book. However, I read and listened to enough of the book to conclude that the first two words that come to mind when I think of the book are disappointing and laborious.
This audiobook was great, as it utilized two different voices to tell the story. The difference in the voices made it feel more like I was listening to a group of women in the midst of their stories.
The long-term relationship amongst the friends and the visits from beyond the grave. It was also very humorous and touching at the same time.
This is hard, but I would have to say the scene near the end when the fortune teller was arguing with the jilted bride. That was truly hilarious.
The title fits the book.
Great novel. I would love to read (or listen to) more from this author.
I gave it 4 stars for the slow start. I often lost track of which character was speaking, as the chapters alternate between the 3 main characters. Overall, a satisfying story. I recommend this for the daily commuter.
The story was set back in a time that was similar to when I grew up. It made me feel comfortable with the settings and with the characters. I enjoyed the book even though I found it hard to get into the story line because it moved slowly. The second half of the book flowed faster.
I have recommended this to several friends. In fact, I have several "friends since 1st grade" and the Supremes reminded me of how comforting it is to share an entire life with dear friends -- the high points and the low --- and how important the laughter becomes to close relationships. Moore did a great job of capturing the feelings of these three women.
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