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

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat [Kindle Edition]

Edward Kelsey Moore
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A funny, tenderhearted debut novel about the enduring friendship of three women, and the vividly drawn town in which their dramas take place. (Shelf Awareness)

Throughout the Supremes' intertwined stories is one constant - meeting and eating at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, a place where relationships are forged, scandals are aired and copious amounts of chicken are consumed . . . A novel of strong women, evocative memories and deep friendship (Kirkus)

'Breathtaking . . . 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.' (Julia Glass, author of Three Junes and The Widower's Tale)

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 a 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 in Others)

Brimming with small-town warmth and idiosyncrasy . . . a book of joy and tears (Sainsbury's Magazine)

If you enjoyed Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe or The Help, you'll probably enjoy this (New Books Magazine)

Oprah is going to love this book . . . warm and insightful. (Sun Herald)

With all the charm of Alexander McCall Smith, but a more acerbic wit, Moore's first full-length novel is rolling-on-the-floor funny. (Adelaide Advertiser)

There is no clue in the deliberately obscure title as to just how good this book is . . . An excellent and unpreachy chance to learn how the [civil rights] movement affected ordinary women. (Daily Mail)

This beautifully written debut novel is a delightful tribute to friendship, full of wit and warmth and with a quirky twist (Candis)

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Told with wit, charm and heart, this is the story of a lifelong friendship between three women in small-town Indiana.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444758020
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (28 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096BJAXC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,472 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Edward Kelsey Moore lives in Chicago with his partner of many years. Having trained with some of the world's finest musicians, he has travelled widely and recorded extensively during his lengthy career as a professional cellist.

Edward's literary work often reflects both his life as a musician and his upbringing as the backsliding son of a Baptist preacher. His short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines and on Public Radio. Like Dora in THE SUPREMES AT EARL'S ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT, Edward is also an avid gardener; like Odette, his horticultural projects are not always successful.

THE SUPREMES AT EARL'S ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT is Edward Kelsey Moore's first novel.

Find out more on Edward's website at or Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @edkmoore.

Author photograph credit: Laura Hamm.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The Supremes is the nickname of three best friends: Odette, Barbara Jean and Clarice. They with most of the town hang out and eat at "Earl's All You Can Eat Diner"
The "Supremes" and their husbands are all dealing with quite different issues: Odette has cancer, Clarice's husband is habitually unfaithful and Barbara Jean has become an alcoholic.
The story dips in and out of the sixties and the present time, revealing how they came to be at this point in their lives, and then moving the story onwards.
The big surprise for me was how well the writer conveys his three main women characters when he is a man! Truly I am impressed. Usually if a man writes I can tell it's not a female writer but here I had to keep referring back to the author's name to check :-)
Edward Kelsey Moore says this comes from many years spent eavesdropping on the women in his family. It his ability to transform the years of listening into one of the best stories I have enjoyed for years. A novel that delights and entertains the reader.
It's not all light and joy. Written over a timescale that includes the sixties and set in Southern USA the terrible bigotry of white against black people does feature.
All but three characters in this book are black. I found this a refreshing change. The women are the lead characters, but the men are also well rounded and complex.
The other big surprise in this novel is the humour. It is threaded throughout, wonderful and warm in tone. This is a writer who likes people for sure.
I can't believe this is a debut novel, it's full of wonderful lines as the characters are a very straight talking bunch, plus humour,plus lots of insight.
Totally recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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One of those wonderful, warm, life affirming stories of love, friendship and surviving true to life hardship. A few chapters of Barbara Jean, Clarice and Odette will make you feel a whole lot better. Don't misunderstand me, there's some real tragedy in the lives of the 'The Supremes' but there's little they can't put right over a slice of pecan pie and a glass of iced tea. After all, these three ladies are bonded to one another through more than 40 years of friendship and shared experience. They're very different characters but at heart they've become one person.

The novel is written with such warmth, fun and emotion our three friends come to life and you have the feeling you know them. There's a real sense of bonding. I was close to tears at one of the storylines concerning cancer, powerfully emotional, I just kept thinking 'it can't end here'. I'm not giving you any more details, read the book!

Would I recommend The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat? Yes. To anyone who wants a fast, simple read that'll pull on their heart strings. Can't believe the author's a man! He has a powerful understanding of female psychology.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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There is something wonderful about the combination of ordinary and extraordinary happenings in this text, with just enough of the supernatural to hold your attention while not appearing to be too fantastical to be believed. There is something of Fannie Flagg (author of `Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe') here but it is by no means a copy, the form being far less traditional and the community the story grows around is quite different. That said I love Fannie Flagg and I love this book too.

Set in Indiana and told from the perspective of three women, The Supremes of the title, who meet weekly at Earl's and have done so since they were teenagers in the 1960s. It is not a conventional, linear narrative but the combined story of three lives, told out of sequence, each chapter voiced by one of the three ladies. Each tells of their perspective of an event, with some events you get a version from all three Supremes, though not necessarily together, but more typically each tells a part of the story or one tells the whole episode. As a result its requires some small effort to keep track of who is speaking and how their tale fits with the other chapters so I found it best to not read when there are many distractions around. As a result the characters and story develop slowly but they move grow into things of interest.

Although few specific dates are given the events of the book span around half a century, from tales of the girl's births in the 1950s to their modern day as middle-aged women. Stories are told in relation to points in their lives and not with reference to the calendar so while you can work out a given event was probably around a certain date it's more important to know where the event sits in relation to other events.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RELAX IN GOOD COMPANY 15 Jan 2013
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Indiana. For decades Earl's diner has been the favourite rendezvous for Plainville's coloured community - not least The Supremes in their reserved seats by the window. Here they catch up on news, gossip about friends, muse about life's challenges.

An unlikely trio, all with crosses to bear. For Clarice, piano playing consoles after husband Richmond's infidelities (which occur several times a week). Barbara Jean relies on the Bible and booze to help combat her demons. Formidable Odette, thickset and plain speaking, sees ghosts - not just the personally known dear departed, but ex-President Roosevelt's wife Eleanor (who enjoys popcorn and a swig). Ever since school the three have been a team. Woe unto those who pose a threat!

The book is a joy, full of chuckles and laughs, the author's dry humour immensely appealing - usually so subtle, at times gloriously OTT. Most of the characters are larger than life (even the dead ones) - many described in occasionally devastating detail, a few dismissed in a word or two (one "mostly ears, nose, and belly").

This is writing to relish. Some chapters resemble perfectly crafted short stories able to stand on their own. Together they form a rich collection of eccentic people and deeply felt experiences - happy and sad, occasionally surreal.

A warm-hearted tale that I thoroughly enjoyed..
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