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The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 12, 2013
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Yes, Eleanor Roosevelt is one of the dead characters in the book. However, Edward Moore gives much more space to those still here. The "Supremes", three women who are life-long friends, have reached the ages of 55 with all the happiness and pain those years, and relationships, bring. Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean are the feisty main characters around whom the story is drawn, but each has her own back story that affects today's storyline. It's not easy to write about a plot in "Supremes"; the plot is secondary to character and relationship development. "Things" happen, but they are dealt with with love and compassion. Sometimes with the help of those on the "other side".
"Supremes" is not a work of great literature. However, it can be rightfully compared to such novels as "Terms of Endearment" and the novels of Southern author James Wilcox. Those novels - and "Supremes" - are works that examine the people in small town America. In general, not poor and downtrodden lives, but those of the solidly middle class. The only difference in Wilcox's work and Moore's is that Wilcox writes about eccentric southern whites and Moore writes about eccentric southern blacks.Read more ›
I said that the ghosts were my favorite characters, and the way death is portrayed is quite special. The women have had times of near collapse after the death of a loved ones. Other times, the dead just fit into the fabric of the town. I love Odette's speaking with them and hearing their comments. And this is not presented in a cutesy or precious fashion. They are part of the plotline, at their own insistence.
To me, this book is that rare commodity of accessable literature written with polish and restraint. I recommend you take off your shoes and allow yourself to wander around in Leaning Tree for a few hours. When you look up bleary eyed, you will have been there in the best of terms.
Edward Kelsey Moore is a spectacular writer. I am barely able to do the book justice in a review because the book is almost other worldly good. The prose is tight, the characters multi-dimensional, and the story intriguing and exciting. I don't like to write reviews that spoil the story, and I don't want to give anything away here. Suffice it to say if you like stories about interesting communities, the dynamics and complexities of relationships between women and the men they love, and have an appreciation for a tale well-told, this is the book for you. I am a mystery reader, but am having trouble finding a good mystery now that PD James and Stephen White are closing up shop. Sometimes I like stories about relationships between women such as The Saving Graces: A Novel, but I don't like sappy stories about girlfriends finding romance. I was intrigued, oddly enough because the characters in this book had strong names: Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean. They sounded like women who would have each other's back and not take any crap or pull any punches. It turned out to be true. Although this book is written by a black author, apparently about black people, don't let that deter you if you usually don't reach such books. These women are every woman and their families could be your family.
Okay, I can't do this book justice without telling too much. One reviewer said that author Moore is "supremely gifted and supremely entertaining.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is a wonderful piece of 'female' fiction...and written by a man no less!!! the story line is fresh and witty; the characters, well developed and
believable. Read more
Pleasant story but frustrating reading style. The chapters start with "I" without telling the reader who it is. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CP
Enjoyed the story surrounding the three ladies and their family and friends. Made me laugh and cry.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
a delightful read.. a real page turner. Terrific character development.Published 1 month ago by Michael C. Drury
Very entertaining & makes for a great book club read. Full of so many wonderful details.Published 2 months ago by Sharon D.
Lot of fun to read. Was surprised that the author was a man. This will be a great one for book group.Published 2 months ago by Katy
This is a wonderful, feel good story! A thoroughly enjoyable read - I had many bouts of laugh-out-loud laughter. Love the author's writing style. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by NJ Driver
Great read! Filled with emotions, this book will have you crying and laughing the entire time. A must readPublished 3 months ago by Debbie Hamilton