The Supremes at Earl's All-you-can-eat

The Supremes at Earl's All-you-can-eat

Book - 2013
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Told with wit, style, and compassion, this is the story of friendship among three women weathering the ups and downs of life in a small Midwestern town. When Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean meet as teenagers in the mid-sixties, the civil rights movement is moving along and so are their everyday lives. Their regular gathering place is Earl's All-You-Can-Eat diner, the first black-owned business in downtown Plainview, Indiana. Dubbed the Supremes by their friends, the inseparable trio is watched over by big-hearted Earl during their complicated high school days, and then every Sunday after church as they marry, and have children and grandchildren. Sitting at the same table for almost forty years, these best friends grow up, gossip, and face the world together with pointed humor, some sorrow, and much joy. Meet Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean--once you meet them, they will be your friends forever...
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013.
ISBN: 9780307959928
Characteristics: 307 p. ;,25 cm.


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Feb 20, 2019

I selected this book as my Blind Date with a Book from Franklin Township. It was a good “date”. Humor while dealing with hard circumstances made this an enjoyable read.

Dec 29, 2018

If you like Fanny Flagg, you’ll enjoy this book. And the best character award goes to…. the ghosts, Odette’s mother and Eleanor Roosevelt. I laughed and at a couple of points cried my way through this story of three friends who the community named the Supremes while they were in high school. Marriage and children intervened at times yet their weekly gathering a Earls All You Can Eat, remained a steady point in their lives. These ladies should have a TV show about them.

ArapahoeCynthiaK Aug 08, 2016

By the end of this book, I felt quite at home in Plainview and like a regular at the All You Can Eat. Follow the lives of three best friends, Clarice, Odette and Barbara Jean. Loved the humor provided from the ghosts. #cozyfriendshipfiction.

Aug 07, 2015

loved loved loved!

Dec 20, 2013

The author states that inspiration for his story came from years spent listening to the women in his family as they talked and laughed and cried together. All I can say is the book made me wish I'd been able to sit on the porch and listen to those women myself.

Jane60201 Nov 11, 2013

An easy and pleasurable read. Nothing that deep here but interesting characters.

Aug 28, 2013

This is not just a story, this needs to be a Tyler Perry movie! A very human story of three best friends, and all their family and friends, in a small Indiana town; this story also has ghosts that appear in a real way, and living people who become ghosts while still breathing. A fun to read, amazing story of girls grown into strong women and the men they meet along the way. Also, Eleanor Roosevelt.

Jun 29, 2013

This is a terrific book! Wonderful characters, and interesting plots. This book made me laugh and cry. It is hard to believe that a man wrote this book, as the story is told from the perspective of the three women. I enjoyed every minute of reading this book!

Jun 21, 2013

This is a wonderful book about female friends, growing up, aging, finding, losing and accepting love. I love the unconditional support Clarice, Barbara Jean and Odette have for each other. I gave it 4 rather than 5 stars because the story fell apart at the end. SPOILER: If the fortune teller had caught her Arabian-nights-pointy shoes on a roof tile and fell off the roof, it would have been more believable than her "forgetting" she's on the roof, leading to her fall.

This book is a wonderful summer read!

Jun 11, 2013

loved the characters wonderful read

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Aug 28, 2013

DellaV thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 99


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