Saturday, May 11, 2013

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

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat might be Edward Kelsey Moore's first novel, but he is definitely
a gifted writer. In his hands, three women come to life in a novel of friendship set in southern Indiana. They each have quirks, and they find each other maddening at times, but Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean have been there for each other since they were teenagers, and four decades later, they're still closer than many sisters.

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

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.


Nancy said...

I'be seen this book while browsing through my library 's e books, nonlinear and I wondered if is something I 'd like. Thank you for the review, Lesa!

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Nancy. I really enjoyed it. At least you have a better idea whether or not you'd like it!

Jane R said...

So glad you liked it Lesa. It was hard to believe it was written by a male author (and his first novel at that!). The fact that he was inspired by the strong women in his life and the stories he overheard as a child, hiding under the kitchen table, makes the books even more charming and compelling. Thanks for the great review!

SandyG265 said...

I have this on my TBR list.

Mrs. Mac said...

I'm 30th in line at the library for this. Maybe by the end of the year? But sounds like it's worth waiting for.

Lesa said...

You're welcome, everyone. And, it is worth waiting for. In fact, I booktalked it at cookout lunch on a Saturday!