Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review of "The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat" by Edward Kelsey Moore

The Supremes are three African-American girlfriends who bonded as teenagers in Plainview, Indiana in the 1960s, and remained friends for all their lives.

Odette - a short, round woman who's self-confident and assertive - had a happy childhood with two jazz-loving parents. Odette grew up to marry a sensitive man called James, and they raised three loving and successful children. Unknown to most people, Odette often converses with ghosts, particularly her mother and Eleanor Roosevelt (ha ha ha). 😃

Clarice is a talented musician whose daddy encouraged her ambition to be a concert pianist. Clarice abandoned her dream when she wed handsome football star Richmond, a womanizer who embarrasses and hurts Clarice with his constant, blatant adultery. Richmond's behavior chagrins Clarice's friends.

Barbara Jean, whose mother was a drug addict and prostitute, grew up to be the town beauty and local fashionista. Barbara Jean married a wealthy businessman and tragically lost a young son - an event that deeply affected her life.

After church on Sundays the three couples assemble for lunch at 'Earl's All-You-Can-Eat' to dine and schmooze. As the story proceeds we learn about life-altering events associated with Earl's restaurant - many witnessed by kind fatherly Earl himself. Everyone loves Earl, who's always ready to lend a helping hand.....particularly to troubled teens.

Racism, prevalent during the events of the story, profoundly affects the lives of the Plainview residents.

All the major characters are fully realized, believable, and relatable - and the male author was able to capture the voices of his female characters with great authenticity.

I thought the book was funny, profound, dramatic, and sad in turn, and well worth reading.

Rated: 4 stars

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