Review: The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat

ImageTitle: The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat

Author: Edward Kelsey Moore

Rating: ★★★

Provided Synopsis: 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.

Review: If you are in need of an entertaining and feel-good story then The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is the book for you. The Supremes named in the title are a trio of African-American women who started a friendship in high school that continues on for the rest of their lives. Glimpses of their past are offered, but the book mainly focuses on the present day which has all three woman experiencing a challenging year of life. All of the characters in this book charmed me and often left me with the wish that I knew them in real life. Moore, the author, has done a fantastic job giving distinct voices to very different women. 

None of the trials that each member of the Supremes face are similar, yet I fell in love with the story of Barbara Jean. In a time when racial tensions ran high, a young Barbara Jean fell in love with a white boy, which set about a train of events that has haunted her for the rest of her life. I often found myself heartbroken by her story. I think that many of us can understand the placement of one’s self in an emotional prison to atone for the sins we believe we have committed. Something tells me that her story and what she learned from her past and her recognition of the ability she has to make different choices for her future will resonate with me for a long time. 

Tragedy, however, is not the only element of this book. There is so much humor involved that I often laughed out loud. Honestly, this book is worth the read just so you can hear about the wedding planning process and eventual wedding of a minor character named Sharon. I don’t think that I have ever heard of such a hot mess of a wedding and I doubt any other fictional wedding will cause me to laugh as hard as Sharon’s did!


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