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)
Great storytelling! Engaging characters and believable storyline. The audiobook narration was very well done. So glad I purchased because this isn't my usual genre. Well done!
Edward Kelsey Moore has put together a masterful tapestry of storytelling, character development, and poetic philosophy. The magical realism is a small part of this heart-wrenching and humorous tale.
I highly recommend multiple listens; certain themes appear that can go unnoticed the first time through, which makes every subsequent listen that much more enjoyable and significant.
This has become my at-least-once-a-year read--my favorite book! Be prepared to chuckle and sob, then guffaw!
I love this novel!!! Easy read because of the story and the characters. A real page turner and an even better listen. The narrators bring life to all the characters.
Just like my confusion with the authors names, the characters left me confused. At times I had to go back to understand who was speaking and remind myself who the character was.
I loved that Odette was a full woman with a full life and character.
I would actually love to see this as a movie or miniseries. Odette would be Jennifer Hudson
Clarice would be Jurnee Smolette
And Barbara Jean would be Yaya DaCosta
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.
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