Monday, October 28, 2013

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

Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean have been close friends since girlhood, growing up in the 1960s in the southern Indiana town of Plainview. Their personalities and cool good looks earned them the name the Supremes when they’d meet regularly to eat at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, with Big Earl keeping a watchful eye on them. Now in middle age, the Supremes meet regularly with their husbands for dinner at Earl’s, now managed by his son. The aging Supremes and Earl’s are institutions in a black community that has seen much progress since the 1950s, when the restaurant became the first black-owned business in a racially divided town. But the town as well as the women have also seen much trouble. Odette makes time in her busy life for the regular visitations of her dead mother, Clarice copes with the humiliation of an unfaithful husband, and Barbara Jean struggles to hide her drinking to "get-over" the death of her child.  The reader see the characters lives from their past mixed in with their current lives. We see the "Supremes"  and their enduring friendship through good times and bad.

I thoroughly enjoyed this books - from Odette's visits with her dead mother & Mrs. Roosvelt to her bout with cancer, Barbara Jean's tragic childhood to learning the truth about her son's death and Clarice's cheating husband to her wedding planning.  It was a fun and enjoyable read.

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • Copyright: 2013

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