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)
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.
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.
Both readers did an amazing job, with just the right inflection for each character.
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.
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.
The first paragraphs about hot flashes -- it was so spot on it had me rolling
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.
My favorite is the hospital scene where she responds to all she's heard while she's under -- hysterical!
I love technology, reading, music, and shoes (not necessarily in that order.)
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.
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.
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.
While the story was entertaining and the characters were interesting, this story could have been more than just entertaining. I found myself wanting my heartstrings plucked as much as my funny-bone was tickled.
I found it mostly satisfying. Some of it was predictable, but, delightfully, some of it was quite a surprise.
I'd change the narrators. I found some mis-pronunciations annoying and distracting ("vokka" instead of vodka, for example), and the cadence just wasn't right. It didn't allow me to get as lost in the story as I could have with different narrators.
Historical, Entertaining, Enchanting
The Help, because of the historical relevance.
Hard to say because I found myself laughing out many times.
Odette of course! I love a gal with some spunk!
I have no idea why I downloaded this book...I think it was in one of my Audible emails and I was desperate for a new book, quickly! But I am glad that I did! It had an interesting and plausible storyline, and I liked that it flipped back and forth between current time and the past, and let the story unravel slowly. It has a very interesting take on death, and I actually read it within just a couple of days of the death of a friend's mother, and this book's take on it gave me a little solace. It is strange to say that, but it did.
I loved the relationships between the women in the book (The Supremes), and also the love stories between them and their respective husbands.
Both of the readers were a little slow-paced, and placed emphasis in what seemed like the wrong part of the sentence an awful lot.
It was a good read. Not one to rave about, but definitely enjoyable.
The story line was difficult to follow for me, very uninteresting...
I am not sure, I enjoy trying out "new to me" authors, but sometimes that can be a BIG mistake.
earthy, copying, unclear.........
I am sure it would have to the right reader, it sure was NOT the book I thought it was, nor the one that I had hoped it would be.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
Absolutely. The characters in this book were extremely lovable and very well developed.
The story was wonderful and I felt as if I knew all of the Supremes personally. The narration was wonderful.
Odette was my favourite character, and in many ways I felt as if she was the head Supreme. She was able to overcome the adversity thrown her way with grace and dignity.
I absolutely loved her.
No, I have never heard either of the two narrators before. I thought it was clever having one narrator for the present and one for the past.
To say my favourite moment would be to give away details and ruin it for readers.
This book ranks up there with THE HELP as one of the best books I've read all year.
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