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, self-confident and assertive, married a sensitive man and raised three loving and successful children. Odette also converses with ghosts, particularly her mother and Eleanor Roosevelt (ha ha ha).
Clarice, a talented pianist, married a handsome womanizer and suffered endless embarrassment and distress because of his adultery - much to the chagrin of her friends.
And Barbara Jean, the town beauty, married a wealthy businessman and tragically lost a young son, an event which 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. Racism, prevalent during the events of the story, also profoundly affects the lives of the Plainview residents.
All the major characters are fully realized, believable, and relatable (though, of course, I didn't have much sympathy for the womanizer) 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.