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The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat (The Supremes #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  8,677 Ratings  ·  1,722 Reviews
Meet Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean. . .

Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio. Dubbed “the Supremes” by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life’s storms together for the next four decades. Now, during their most challenging year yet, dutiful, proud, and talented Clarice must struggle to keep up ap
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Knopf (first published 2013)
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Jennifer I enjoyed the characters as they were performed. I don't think anything was lost in the audio format. I loved the storyline and the characters!

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Taryn Rydell
Nov 14, 2014 Taryn Rydell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an unexpected page turner about the lives of three friends affectionately known as the Supremes by everyone in their small hometown. The story moves effortlessly between past and present events in each of their lives revealing to the reader how they became and remained friends for over 40 years. The intermingling of love, abuse, murder, and ghosts really make the story come to life. I was surprised by the ending. I totally thought I had it figured out, but was happy to learn there was a ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Linda by: Booktopia Petoskey
I gave this delight 5 stars because these people were so real to me I can see them and hear them in my head. I can not wait to meet Mr. Moore. However did he write such a strong book about 3 woman. He understood their voices, obviously.

I hope this is available in audio because I want to experience them again.

Audio was excellent with two narrators. One for Odette and one for Clarice.
May 09, 2013 Cynthia rated it really liked it
Serious topics clothed in humor

You know those book reviews you read where the reviewer complains that there were no likeable characters? Well “The Supremes” is the antidote to that! I dare you to not like any of these characters no matter what their weaknesses. In fact one of the best things about Moore’s writing is his ability to create lovable, believable characters. They could be your own friends and neighbors or even yourself . The Supremes are three women coming of age in the late 1960’s. T
I found my favorite book of 2014 on the first try. I can't wait to see how my other reads measure up to this book. It was perfect in every way. I laughed, teared up, and fist pumped in triumph for my favorite characters throughout the whole book. I recommend for everybody who wants to read a good book.
Emily Gatlin
Nov 04, 2012 Emily Gatlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Characters so unforgettable, I actually MISS them. Great book, and always love when male authors present strong female characters.
Linda Ostrom
Well what can I say. Supercalafragalisticexpeealidoshious. Just a wonderful, human story.

This is a fantastic author. All the way through I kept asking myself how a male author could be so "in tune" to female behaviour. He must have had many sisters and been a very good brother.

Every character is lovable in their own way. Clarisse, Odette and Barbara Jean are friends from their young teen years. They share the good times, bad time and sad times. A must read.
Nicole R
The Help + Fried Green Tomatoes + a dash of Steel Magnolias = The Supremes

Clarice, Odette, and Barbara Jean are The Supremes. They have been called that every since they were teenagers growing up in small-town Indiana in the mid-1960's. The Supremes - like every other black teenager at the time - spent their weekend nights (and some weekdays) at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, a restaurant with hot food, cool music, and owners Earl and Thelma who were second parents to every child in town.

Now, The Supre
Kim Overstreet
Apr 11, 2013 Kim Overstreet rated it it was amazing
When I saw the title, I was immediately drawn to The Supreme’s at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, anticipating a cozy, witty, and insightful, Southern fiction sort of story and I was not disappointed. The story follows three good friends, nicknamed the Supremes, over the course of an eventful year. Odette, a protagonist, can see spirits, and deceased characters, including the late First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, play an entertaining and important role in the story. This is light reading, yet a very grippi ...more
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Audio book performed by Adenrele Ojo and Pamella D'Pella.

Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean have been best friends since high school, when they would meet their friends at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, listening to music and enjoying soft drinks and finger foods. In keeping with the music of the day, they were christened The Supremes, but unlike their namesakes they have stayed together through thick and thin. They’ve married and raised children in Plainview, a small town in southern Indiana near the K
Mar 01, 2013 Jan rated it it was ok
Edward Kelsey Moore’s first novel comes highly recommended by Amazon, BookPage, and nearly all of those who have reviewed it on Goodreads. The title and bright cover seem to promise a rollicking good time. How could I be in such a small minority of readers who didn’t care for it?

The Supremes are three women in their mid-50s who have been close friends since high school in a small southern Indiana town. For 40 years they’ve had a special table at Earl’s, a diner presided over by a larger-than-lif
Jan 03, 2013 Lukie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, americana
I happen to have met the author of this book several times, but I didn't know his book was finished and stumbled upon an advanced readers copy purely by accident. I was very impressed with this, his debut, novel. Moore has a beautiful handle on prose. He is a natural storyteller, vividly bringing to life the world of Plainview, Indiana, and its almost entirely middle class black population. Full of interesting, sometimes quirky, characters, both loveable and despicable, the novel focuses on thre ...more
Feb 13, 2013 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Oh my... I am still trying to figure out how I possibly could have enjoyed this book so much.

Edward Kelsey Moore is somewhat of a miracle worker. He managed to write a story that will offend nearly every person who reads it at some point and yet entertain those same people in a way that will leave them baffled and confused. Most ingenious!

I literally laughed out loud (and sniffed a few tears, I admit) while reading 'The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat'. And I have to disagree with some of the
This was really almost a three.

Yeah, I know -- it's the same chicklit people keep writing over and over. Three middle-aged women are friends, and between the three of them we have infidelity, alcoholism, debating whether to pursue a long-lost love, and illness. They live in a small town which doesn't happen to be in the deep south this time but may as well be. The characters are not particularly fleshed out; the issues are not new or dealt with in a new way. But still, I could be a little forgiv
Karen McMillan
Mar 23, 2013 Karen McMillan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This is a warm, richly-woven book that is both moving and funny that follows the lives of three friends who live in Indiana. The ‘Supremes’ are in their 50s and have known each other since high school, and they are each other’s closest friends and allies. Odette was born in a sycamore tree and seems to be completely fearless in life – until she discovers that her hot flushes are more sinister than just the change of life – especially when her dead Mama comes visiting in the small hours, with a d ...more
Jun 29, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 th
Lynn G.
I totally enjoyed The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat. Where else could you encounter such a wonderful cast of characters that includes the cartwheeling-flask-sipping-fox-stole-wearing ghost of Eleanor Roosevelt? In this serio-comic walk through the decades-long friendship of Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean ("The Supremes") the reader is treated to well defined characters, the highs and lows in their lives, the light moments as well as the tragedies they have endured, a surprising turn of e ...more
Mar 20, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I'd give this a 3.75. I laughed out loud at some of the happenings and shook my head at others, but sometimes I wondered if I was laughing at the characters instead of with them. I've heard that there is a strong possibility this will be made into a movie and it will make a great movie. The last 50 pages or so brought this book from a 3 to a 3.75, rounded to a 4. Definitely worth reading.

I loved this quote:

What we call miracles is just what's supposed to happen. We either go with it or stand in
Apr 06, 2013 Susie rated it it was amazing
I first heard about this book from a review in a local, small-town newspaper, and was convinced I needed to give it a try. I absolutely adored it. My only regret is that I was out of town and didn't get to meet Moore when he was in Indianapolis the night before I finished it. It would be hard to pick a funniest or most poignant part of the book, because there were so many. I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud during Sharon's wedding, and I believe I cried and laughed almost nonstop ...more
Nov 05, 2014 Miamona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very impressive style: funny, witty, heartfelt. All the characters, especially the female ones are alive, vivid and sparkling and the story doesn't want to be more than what it is: touching, soothing, makes you believe in love and friendship, triggers a good laugh. A real tingling bubble bath for the soul! (But thankfully not the glittery-pink one and not that light at all...)


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Nov 26, 2013 Jo rated it it was amazing
My only complaint about this book is that it's Edward Kelsey Moore's debut novel, which means I can't go out and buy up all the other books he's written and revel in more wonderful storytelling by this gifted author. (I'm willing to forgive him if it turns out that he's working on his next book.)

The characters' voices were clear, strong and authentic. Mr. Moore captured these women beautifully, with their quirks and foibles and strengths. Just when I thought I knew where the plot was headed, it
Siew Ee
Jun 04, 2013 Siew Ee rated it it was amazing
This book is certainly a departure for me. I picked it without reading the blurb but the novel enjoyed high ratings and that was enough for me. When I discovered that the story was about three middle-aged African-American women and their lives, I was a little daunted. Call it an irrational phobia, but I resisted reading books about black people ever since I had “Cry the Beloved Country” as my school literature text so many years ago!

Poignantly, satirically and with much humour, the author shows
Mar 06, 2013 Yasmin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful slice of life story that I read from start to finish in two sittings. I liked that the characters were realistic and believable, with a few colorful and quirky characters along the way, as well as a few good black men thrown in for good measure. Mr. Earl, James and Lester all get kudos from me. Have mixed emotions about the Chick and Barbara Jean storyline. That situation felt sort of cliche to me. While many stories have been told about female friendships, Moore did a good job of capt ...more
Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read)
This review was originally published on Cozy Up With A Good Read

I don't really know what I was expecting when I went into this book, so the story that I read actually kept me entertained since I didn't have any ideas going into it. The book was fun with a great emotional side to it as well. This is a book that is about a friendship that stays strong through many years and many hurdles. The Supremes are three women, who were given that name by high school friends and since then have stayed togeth
Aug 03, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star-rated
This book gets a 5 from me for being honest and fun and sad and bold and alive!! I didn't want it to end because I wanted to continue spending time with these people as long as possible. I wanted to wake up tomorrow and visit with them again since they had become like good friends you don't ever want to say goodbye to. Yes, they all had faults and tics and idiosyncrasies (just like real people) and you loved them anyway (just like real people).

There were “laugh-out-loud” moments along with tearf
Absolutely, positively an incredible read!!!! I found myself laughing out loud, yet also feeling pain for the Supremes as they faced life's challenges. It is even more mind-blowing that these strong female voices were penned by a male. Thank you, Edward Kelsey Moore, for your work. I am now a #1 fan!
Taryn Pierson
Jul 08, 2015 Taryn Pierson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an unadulterated delight from start to finish. It's the story of three women: Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean, who become friends as children growing up in Indiana and manage to remain so through years of heartbreak, struggle, and—thankfully—a whole lot of laughter. Dubbed “The Supremes” in their younger years while hanging out at Big Earl's buffet restaurant, aptly named The All-You-Can-Eat, the three friends rely on each other when the challenges of life threaten to overwhelm th ...more
JoAnne Pulcino

Edward Kelsey Moore

What easily could have been just another three girlfriends traversing over 40 years together, this novel is so much more than that. It has such a ring of truth and feels brand new and full of passion.

The Earl’s All You Can Eat cafe in a small southern black community in Plainview, Indiana becomes the meeting place of three young high school girls that Earl dubs the Supremes. After 60 years, Earl’s passing isn’t the only reason for the ladi
May 15, 2013 Almira rated it it was amazing
Well, it has always been easy for women authors to write a story in a man's voice, however, I have rarely read a book written by a man who catches the flair of a woman's voice.

Edward Kelsey Moore is that rare author - between "hot flashes" and other female physical issues, Edward hit it right on the head!

The Supremes Clarie, Odette and Barbara Jean have been friends since their high school days of the '60's - they have come together in the small town of Plainview, Indiana through a myriad of eve
Suzanne Moore
I enjoyed meeting the characters in this story... although there were a few despicable ones. The Supremes are the kind of friends I value and wish I had more of. I liked how they were always there for each other... helping Barbara Jean with her alcohol problem, supporting Clarice as she dealt with Richmond, and caring for Odette while she was sick.

Edward Moore's style is humorous and real. It was engaging to periodically flashback on "Supreme memories" as the story progressed. And who wouldn't
2.5 Stars. Not much original or believable in this book for me. Found the narration confusing and annoying switching from 1st person Odette to third person throughout the book, and had a hard time staying interested. On the positive side, Odette is a great character, and her interaction with the ghosts kept me going to the unfortunate absurd ending.

This book has high ratings on GR's, but it was just not for me.

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Edward Kelsey Moore is a professional cellist and author from Chicago. During his high school years, and onward into college, Edward Kelsey Moore experimented with writing short stories. As he finished his education he set writing aside and focused on building a career in music. Many years later, as a member of a string quartet, Edward was hired to perform at a reception for the winners of a local ...more
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