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'm so glad I downloaded The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat (ok, I'm not crazy about the title.) It was an impulse download, but the sample had made me laugh out loud so I thought I'd give it a shot. Now that I've listened to it, I wish all of my impulses ended this well!
The center and main narrator of the book is Odette - a middle-aged, black woman who lives in a small town in Indiana with her two best friends, her husband James, and a handful of lively ghosts - including Old Earl of the title. Odette was "born in a sycamore tree" and is rumored to be fearless. Time and time again, however, she proves she isn't just fearless, she's wise and filled with compassion.
Also, because of the way the narrative shifts between the past and the present, I really felt like I've known these characters their whole lives, like I was a part of their circle. I don't want to give away the plot, but I can say that I will be recommending this to anyone who asks me "read anything good lately?"' and l will be looking for more from this author. Bravo!
This was the best book I've "read" in a very long time. I loved the characters -- warts and all -- and the story line. I am a dyed in the wool mystery reader, but books like this make me hang up my mystery category (for a while any way).
You can always identify a truly great book when you, after a rough commute, continue to sit in your car, in your driveway, and listen!
Listen to this book, you will be so glad you did!
Both -- I laughed and cried -- enough said -- don't want to spoil it!
This story would make a great movie. Terrific storytelling -- colorful characters, quirky situations, all set in a southern Indiana community during the 60's,
Reminded me of Fried Green Tomatoes .
Odette's mother was my favorite. Not only was she incredibly funny, her view of the world from the other side offered an inspiring perspective on life.
The scene when James is trying to style Odette's hair was touching. I found myself crying and laughing at the same time.
I look forward to more books from this author. I was skeptical of a book about women, written by a man. But, he was able to portray all the characters with warmth, wit and wisdom.
This is one book I'm sorry to finish because I'll miss the characters.
Yes, it's timeless. The character and story are engaging. I laughed out loud, cried, and got lost in the stories of the three main characters.
My favorite was Odette and her Mama...Odette's a strong, opinionated woman with no pretenses about who she is and what she's about. Also, her relationship with her mother in the story made me feel comforted that those we love are always with us. Her Mama was a hoot!
Never heard these narrators before but they were great, the guys sounded like guys and the women like women.
There were many memorable parts - two especially stood out, the one that made me cry like a baby was when Odette tells James her husband her prognosis and the other made me crack up at 3:30 in the morning (waking my husband), when Odette and her Mama go back to her childhood home to get the "medical relief" her mother was an expert in. Her Mama was a hilarious in that scene!
The ending had several twists which were a pleasant surprises. The only downside was after all the great twists to tie up loose ends, the author prolonged the close of the story. Otherwise I'm so sad I finished the story so quickly...a good story is really hard to find. I can't wait for the author's next book!
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.
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!
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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.
As you are introduced to the characters in this book they became real and you start to pull for their success. The three women are each memorable in their own way but then so are the men. I found the ethereal characters who also inhabit the pages of this book to be endearing as well.
It is intriguing that a male author delivers such a funny, touching novel that honestly deals with the universal types of challenges and twists that women face. I would love to hear him explain how he developed the characters and fine-tuned his plot line.
He delivers a story that depicts both the pain and humor of lives fully lived. It was an absorbing and delightful read. The narration was excellent.
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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