Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

Title: The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat Author: Edward Kelsey Moore Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Pages: 307 Copyright: 2013

I checked out this book from my local library.

From Amazon:
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. 

I truly enjoyed this book. It had me alternating between laughter and tears at times; I really found it hard to put down. Spanning 40 years in the lives of three friends growing up in small-town Indiana, this story has a little of everything- romance, suspense, heartbreak, racial issues, even a supernatural element- Odette, like her mother before her, can see and talk to spirits.
 Moore has well-developed characters- like all of us, they have their good and bad. It is their realness that helps to make the story so appealing. 
The thing I like about Moore's writing- and I always mention this in an interview, if it is the case- is that he doesn't get caught up in endless boring detail. From the first page to the last, each word has a point. 
Long after you finish reading this book, you will still be thinking about the characters, their actions, and their decisions.
This was a great book and I look forward to reading his next.

Read this book if:
*you love stories about friendship
*you love stories about small town life

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