Title: The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat
Author: Edward Kelsey Moore
Length: 310 pages
Genre: literary fiction
Where Bethany’s Copy Came From: IndyPL
Plot Basics: In Plainfield, Ind., everyone knows the Supremes — Clarice, Odette and Barbara Jean — three friends since high school who carry each other through life’s ups-and-downs. As they now are facing mortality, grown children and truths they’ve buried for years, the Supremes will need each other more than ever.
Banter Points: Moore is one of this year’s Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Emerging Author Finalists, and, like other years, I’m trying to read something from each one of the winners and finalists.
If you like women’s fiction, this is a book for you. It absolutely celebrates the magic of women’s friendships. I was more than skeptical at the beginning that Edward Kelsey Moore, a man, would accurately be able to capture these three women.
Bummer Points: Women’s fiction is not really my thing.
Also, the book has some weird switches between first and third person POV. I think with three Supremes, the book got a little complicated. Personally, I think the book would have been tighter and more emotional if one of the three had been the sole narrator and focus of the story.
Word Nerd Recommendation: Even though this book doesn’t fit my personal reading preferences, it’s clear why Moore’s work got the recognition of the IAA panel.