The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"Earl's All-You-Can-Eat diner in Plainview, Indiana, is home away from home for Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean. Dubbed "the Supremes" by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they've weathered life's storms for over four decades and counseled one another through marriage and children, happiness and blues. Now, however, they're about to face their most challenging year yet. Proud, talented Clarice is struggling to keep up appearances as she deals with her husband's humiliating infidelities; beautiful, fragile Barbara Jean is rocked by the tragic reverberations of a youthful love affair; and fearless Odette is about to embark in the most terrifying battle of her life"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Contemporaries, Vintage Books, a division of Random House LLC, January 2013.
Edition: First Vintage Contemporaries edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780307950437
Branch Call Number: Fic Moor
Characteristics: 369 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 01, 2020

Read this selection as a part of the Adult Summer Reading program. Was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it! Every character was original and interesting to discover and get to know.
Regrettably, the author fell back on vilifying a particular faith group, using old stereotypes to create conflict in the story. That, in addition to handfuls of profanity here and there and a wink and a nod towards alcohol and marijuana use were the only downsides to the story.
The 3 lifelong friends were endearing as well as realistic portrayals of flawed, yet loyal amigas who support and love each other without judgement. Who wouldn't want friends like that?! By the time I finished I was wishing there was an open spot for a fourth Supreme!! ;-)

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!

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Aug 28, 2013

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