Author(s): Edward Kelsey Moore
Told with wit, charm and heart, this debut novel set in small-town Indiana from the 1960s to the present day will appeal to anyone who loved The Help or Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Pull up a chair by the window table at Big Earl's diner and meet the 'Supremes': three women from Plainview, Indiana, who've been best friends since their high-school days in the Sixties. There's Clarice, a pious wife and mother struggling with her husband's infidelity; Barbara Jean, who must confront the tragic reverberations of a youthful love affair; and Odette, whose fearlessness has saved her friends many times, but who now faces a terrifying situation of her own. Over iced tea and pecan pie, through forty years of marriage, children, happiness and the blues, the inseparable trio take on the world together. Come join them as they share the juiciest gossip, the occasional tear, and the most uproarious laughter ...at the same time, at the same table, at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat.
'Throughout the Supremes' intertwined stories is one constant - meeting and eating at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, a place where relationships are forged, scandals are aired and copious amounts of chicken are consumed ... A novel of strong women, evocative memories and deep friendship' -- Kirkus 'Breathtaking ... The supremely gifted, supremely entertaining, and supremely big-hearted Edward Kelsey Moore has conjured up the story of an entire community and, at its sparkling center, a trio of memorable heroines.' -- Julia Glass, author of Three Junes and The Widower's Tale 'Edward Kelsey Moore has written a novel jam-packed with warmth, honesty, wit, travail, and just enough madcap humor to keep us giddily off-balance. It teems with memorable characters, chief among them Odette, as unlikely and irresistible a protagonist as we are likely to meet. THE SUPREMES AT EARL'S ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT is that rare and happy find: a book that delivers not only good story, but good company.' -- Leah Hager Cohen, author of The Grief in Others
Edward Kelsey Moore says: "The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat is rooted in the fond memories I have of a childhood spent eavesdropping on the women of my family as they talked at family gatherings. Even when I was too young to fully understand the often very adult subject matter of their conversations, I was struck by how quickly the topics veered from heartbreakingly tragic to wildly hilarious. I was also amazed that the aunts and cousins who had the hardest and saddest lives were always the funniest people at the table. As I get older, it seems that I meet these same women again everywhere I travel, except now they have different skin-colors, religions and accents. My intention in writing The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat was to celebrate the joy of true friendship and to invite readers to remember the smart, funny and strong women in their lives." Edward Kelsey Moore lives and writes in Chicago, where he also enjoys a career as a professional cellist. Edward's short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines and has been performed and broadcast on Public Radio. THE SUPREMES AT EARL'S ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT is his first novel. Visit Edward's website, www.edwardkelseymoore.com or Facebook page www.facebook.com/EdwardKelseyMooreauthor and follow him on Twitter www.twitter.com/edkmoore.