Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

About the Book

Meet Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean in the New York Times best-selling novel . . .

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.


It’s a weird feeling finishing a great book; as if the good streak will end abruptly and everything I read will be horrid. I’ve been on such a good innings – so, I do have a suspicion it’ll come to an end.

Set in Plainview, Indiana three women, dubbed The Supremes – Odette, Clarice and Barbra-Jean – meet every Sunday at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat after church. Spanning over decades, this novel talks dark secrets, philandering husbands, regret, friendship, small town happenings, and hints of racism. Odette, born in a sycamore tree, can’t be frightened; Clarice, the first black baby to be born in the University Hospital in Plainview; Barbra-Jean who was born on a couch, and grew-up with a drunk mother. Salacious, right?

There is something to be commended in a debut novel such as this one, inspired from overhearing women gossip as a child Edward Kelsey Moore gives us a story set to match up to Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, except as much as I love The Help, this one packs more of a punch as this writer bravely portrays women as they are and a town packed to the brim with colourful characters, gossip dripping from lips, and subtle hints of what it meant to be black in America in 1950.

From outrageous wedding plans, to a tarot-reading character who gets visions from an ex-lover, to mixed race relationships, murder, and death, this book holds more than just pinnacle characters that dance you through the plot, it’s the thread of tragedy that seems to hold the book together. Tripping over plot laughing, to crying your eyes out, and resisting the urge to yell loudly at coffee shops ‘This book IS. BRILLIANT.’ and then to carry on reading. A burden, but we must bare it.

Winter is approaching, so curl-up with your warmest pair of socks and start reading... and I promise I won’t tell anyone about the chocolate you devoured while reading this book through tears of laughter and sadness.

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat was chosen as Exclusive Books recommended books for May.  You can follow my posts here.

About the Author

Edward Kelsey Moore lives in Chicago, where he has enjoyed a long career as a cellist. His short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines, including Indiana Review, African American Review, and Inkwell. His short story “Grandma and the Elusive Fifth Crucifix” was selected as an audience favorite on National Public Radio’s Stories on Stage series.

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