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The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat | [Edward Kelsey Moore, Edward Kelsey Moore]

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

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....
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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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    Connie DURHAM, NC, United States 07-12-15
    Connie DURHAM, NC, United States 07-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A winner!"

    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!

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    jan554 02-19-15
    jan554 02-19-15
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    "Loved it"

    Great characters lovely story. I listen to lots of books but really enjoyed this. Had trouble putting down you enjoy

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    carley 02-09-15
    carley 02-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Oustanding Read"
    Would you listen to The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat?

    the miracle under the walnut tree.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    wow not fair to name one but I will see the walnut tree.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The novel made me laugh and yes I did get a little teary eyed.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't go wrong reading this one.

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    Julia 02-03-15
    Julia 02-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Kinda Boring"

    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.

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    A. Hardy D.C, 12-31-14
    A. Hardy D.C, 12-31-14 Member Since 2013

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    "The Supremes at Earl's All You Can Eat"
    If you could sum up The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Touching, Surprising


    What did you like best about this story?

    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 .


    Which character – as performed by Adenrele Ojo and Pamella D'Pella – was your favorite?

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat and why?

    That's hard. I would say Odette, Barbara Jean and Chick. Each had a story that was so compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Liza 12-04-13
    Liza 12-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Our book club really enjoyed this"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Janet 10-08-13
    Janet 10-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The Supremes more than a blue plate special"

    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.

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    Kenya Havana, FL, United States 08-20-13
    Kenya Havana, FL, United States 08-20-13
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    "Hilarious! Very creative."
    If you could sum up The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat in three words, what would they be?

    laugh out loud


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat?

    timebomb vs sycamore tree


    Which character – as performed by Adenrele Ojo and Pamella D'Pella – was your favorite?

    odette


    If you could take any character from The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    king of the pretty white boys...to see just how pretty he was.


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    Sandy Lafayette, LA, USA 07-09-13
    Sandy Lafayette, LA, USA 07-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book!!!!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Detroit, MI, USA 07-01-13
    Lynn Detroit, MI, USA 07-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A lovely book"
    Would you listen to The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Adenrele Ojo and Pamella D'Pella ’s performance did you like?

    Both readers did an amazing job, with just the right inflection for each character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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