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The Supremes at Earl?s All-You-Can-Eat
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To call The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat folksy is perhaps to miss the point. Yes, this debut novel falls in the tradition of small-town-centered, ferociously domestic, soul-food-loving books like Fried Green Tomatoes and The Help. But it is also so wildly creative, it deserves a category all its own.

Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean (dubbed “the Supremes”) have been best friends since high school, and four decades later they are still hashing it out over fall-off-the-bone ribs at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat Indiana diner.

While the women have been through many ups and downs, this year promises to be their hardest yet: Proud, studious Clarice must finally address her husband’s infidelities; beautiful, troubled Barbara Jean revisits a painful past love affair; and fearless, tough-talking Odette realizes her new ability to commune with the dead (namely, Eleanor Roosevelt) might have some troubling side effects.

It’s hard to believe this is Edward Kelsey Moore’s first novel, or that a man could so perfectly tap into the core of female friendship. After all, while his minor characters may give the book a certain knee-slapping flavor (think a stripper named after an SUV and the world’s most inaccurate psychic), it’s these three fantastic women you will remember long after the final pages.

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