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

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    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!

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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"
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    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.

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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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    MonWe63 MANSFIELD, OH, United States 06-17-13
    MonWe63 MANSFIELD, OH, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2006
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    "OUTSTANDING!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat the most enjoyable?

    This book had me hooked from the first paragraph. The narration was great, the story line was fantastically funny but also has some very serious themes running through it. There wasn't a single thing I didn't like about this book. I'm listening to it for a second time -- something I rarely do.


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

    The first paragraphs about hot flashes -- it was so spot on it had me rolling


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

    Their intonations, passion and overall 'acting' ability they brought to reading their lines. There is nothing worse than a book read in monotones -- these ladies truly brought it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My favorite is the hospital scene where she responds to all she's heard while she's under -- hysterical!


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    Pamela League City, TX, United States 06-05-13
    Pamela League City, TX, United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2002

    I love technology, reading, music, and shoes (not necessarily in that order.)

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    "I Did Not Want It to End"

    This is one of the best books that I have ever listened to (or read). The story has all of the elements that make a good book. Normally, when I am finished with a book, the characters vanish; however, these characters are so well developed that they have become a part of my permanent memory like people I actually know. The book was so much fun to listen to and I really enjoyed how the sad and serious parts managed to have a little levity so the book would not be too depressing. The narrators did an excellent job; they made the story come to life. (Hey Oprah, this is a book you should choose for your book club! Try having one book that is not full of misery for a change.) I give it 5 stilettos! I highly recommend it.

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    Kate San Diego, CA, United States 05-30-13
    Kate San Diego, CA, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed!"
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    What creativity from Edward Kelsey Moore! Loved the image (literal and figurative!) of Eleanor Roosevelt! The characters were quirky, fun and REAL. I felt like I could run into one of them on the street and know exactly who it was.

    Story was interesting and pacing moved along well. It wasn't packed with action, but that totally worked for me since I adore character-based literature.

    I'll definitely be looking for other works by Moore.

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    Pat Higgins 05-27-13
    Pat Higgins 05-27-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Near miss"

    This book could have been laugh out loud funny from start to finish, but it just came up short for me. It was predictable and sweet. The characters were pretty much what you would expect. The reader was ok and improved over time. But it just missed the mark. The pace was off or something that just made it less than it could have been.

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