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)
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.
Lots of fun... enjoyed the writing and the narration. Good job! Along the lines of "The Help", telling the story of women, friendship and hardships endured. Laughed out loud and cried at times! Thumbs up....
Every positive thing has already been written about this fantastic book....well, just about. All I can add is it is rare for me to finish a book and be SMILING as well as wanting MORE!
Also, it is absolutely amazing to me that a man could have written such a book more about women than his own gender. What an interesting man that must be!
Heartily and strongly recommend this book. The BEST I have listened to via Audible, the library or any other source in some years. Heartwarming, funny as all get out and so very true about what surprises life has for us.........
I LOVE to read!! I prefer mysteries but I dabble in every genre!!
The transitions between the different years was very confusing for me. There was a lot of jumping back and forth thru the years and it took a little time to realize we were in another time jump.
The characters were very well thought out and well developed. I enjoyed how each character grew as the novel progressed.
While the story was enjoyable, the narrator nearly bored me to death! Her voice was so monotone that if I attempted to listen before bed, I would fall asleep within minutes.
Good as as book, not sure if I would like this as a movie though.
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