An exuberant and poignant novel of passions, family and forgiveness, from the author of the bestselling The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat.
When a late life love affair blooms between Mr. Forrest Payne, the owner of the Pink Slipper Gentleman s Club, and Miss Beatrice Jordan, famous for yelling warnings of eternal damnation at the Club's departing patrons, their wedding summons a legend to town. Mr. El Walker, the great guitar bluesman, comes home to give a command performance in Plainview, Indiana, a place he'd sworn never to set foot in again.
But El is not the only Plainview native with a hurdle to overcome. Among those in this tightly knit community who show up every Sunday after church for lunch at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat are the lifelong friends known locally as The Supremes: Clarice, facing down her longing for, chance at and fear of a great career; Barbara Jean, grappling at last with the loss of a mother whose life humiliated both of them, and Odette, reaching toward her husband through an anger of his that she does not understand.
Ed Moore's lively cast of characters need not learn how to survive but how, fully, to live. And they do, every one of them, serenaded by the bittersweet and unforgettable blues song El Walker plays, born of his own great loss and love.
There is no clue in the deliberately obscure title as to just how good this book is . . . An excellent and unpreachy chance to learn how the [civil rights] movement affected ordinary women. - Daily Mail on THE SUPREMES AT EARL'S ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT
Throughout the Supremes' intertwined stories is one constant - meeting and eating at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, a place where relationships are forged, scandals are aired and copious amounts of chicken are consumed . . . A novel of strong women, evocative memories and deep friendship. - Kirkus on THE SUPREMES AT EARL'S ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT
This beautifully written debut novel is a delightful tribute to friendship, full of wit and warmth and with a quirky twist - Candis on THE SUPREMES AT EARL'S ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT