The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat might be Edward Kelsey Moore's first novel, but he is definitely
Each of the women have stories, but only Odette tells hers in first person. She opens the book complaining of hot flashes, and a conversation with her mother, Dora, who tells her about a death. And, Odette is afraid her mother is right because Dora is dead, telling her that the ghost of Eleanor Roosevelt had been hanging around him, and Dora had a nice conversation with the dead man. That Sunday morning sitting in their normal window seats at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, Odette waits to hear about the death.
That window seat table has been a gathering place for Odette, her best friends, and the boys, now men in their lives since the time they were all teens. Now, years later, after children, infidelity, death, and serious illness, they are still sitting at the table where they discuss the comings and goings in Plainview. The three women who were named the Supremes in the '60s by Big Earl still have a lot to talk about.
If you don't think male authors can bring women to life, you need to read Edward Kelsey Moore's novel. He skillfully develops each woman, along with the fear that she's becoming her mother. Odette's afraid to admit she sees ghosts, knowing her mother was ridiculed for it. Clarice carried out the pattern of her parents' marriage, marrying a man who cheats on her. And, Barbara Jean, like her mother, is too beautiful for her own good. However, Moore also shows that three women, united, can make it through the worst of times, and remain strong and able to laugh at their problems.
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat is warm and charming with that southern humor. And, it's wise in the way of women's friendship. Don't miss this novel.
Edward Kelsey Moore's website is www.edwardkelseymoore.com
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore. Alfred A. Knopf. 2013. ISBN 9780307959928 (hardcover), 307p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.