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The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat Audiobook

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Kim R. Brooks Chicago 10-27-16
    Kim R. Brooks Chicago 10-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book! Wonderful characters!"

    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.

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    ERICA L. TALLEY 10-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A bit juvenile but worth the time"
    Would you try another book from Edward Kelsey Moore and Edward Kelsey Moore and/or Adenrele Ojo and Pamella D'Pella ?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that Odette was a full woman with a full life and character.


    Could you see The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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


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    Joann 10-02-16
    Joann 10-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    Great humor and imagination and kept me thoroughly entertained and wanting more - I look forward to Edward Kelsey Moore's next book!

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    Terry J Graff 09-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous!"

    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!

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    Krista 08-08-16
    Krista 08-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story but the narrator"

    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.

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    Nikki 06-25-16
    Nikki 06-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    Heartwarming story about friendship and love. Very easy to identify and connect with the characters.

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    Bullock903 06-23-16
    Bullock903 06-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved This Book"

    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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    PB 05-07-16
    PB 05-07-16

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    "Disappointing and Laborius"

    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.

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    Marcie L. Thomas 04-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I felt like the 4th Supreme!"
    Where does The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you could rename The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, what would you call it?

    The title fits the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Great novel. I would love to read (or listen to) more from this author.

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    Kelly M. 01-20-16
    Kelly M. 01-20-16
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    "Slow start, good story"

    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.

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