The Supremes At Earl's All-You-Can-Eat
by Edward Kelsey Moore
~ The Supremes At Earl's ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT ~
A New York Times Best-Seller
Featured on the Independent Booksellers'
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a "Discover Great New Writers" selection
The BBC Radio2 Book Club
More than ten months in a row --
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~ A National Blue Ribbon Selection ~
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Quality Paperback Book Club, Black Expressions,
The Literary Guild, Book-of-the-Month Club (and more)
The film rights for The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat have been optioned
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~~ Awards and Honors ~~
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat won Edward Kelsey Moore a
First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association,
and a Best New Author award from the Go On Girl! Book Club -- the largest
reading organization in the U.S. for black women.
The novel was chosen by the Illinois Reading Council in 2014 for inclusion in the state-wide literacy program, ILLINOIS READS.
In 2015 the book was selected by a group of six suburbs northwest of Chicago for their ComingTogether program. The theme for 2015 was: Voices of Race. During the three months of activities and presentations, The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat helped open a cultural dialogue among the 100,000 citizens who live in the area.
Also in 2015, The Supremes at Earl's was the book selected for adult readers by
Books to Bridge the Region, a cultural and literary program initiative which (along with the Northwest Indiana Literacy Coalition) provided copies of the novel to high schools, universities and public libraries in seven counties of northwestern Indiana to promote reading and spark conversation among families and communities. To learn more about this honor -- click here.
~~ Reviews ~~
"Hilarious, heartwarming and poignant. . .
a rich and complicated yarn." — Chicago Tribune
"[This] is a loving, compassionate novel
that is literally bursting with joy and warmth."
— West Deutscher Broadcasting, WDR (Germany)
"In his kindhearted debut, Moore shows a seasoned ease
with his funny, damaged subjects. You'll be casting the movie
by the second chapter." — Entertainment Weekly
"We laugh, we cry. . . do not worry, most people laugh.
We finished reading the novel out of breath." — Les Echos (France)
"Perhaps the most remarkable quality of The Supremes
is love — the author’s love for his characters,
even the most flawed, shines from every page."
— Shelf Awareness
"High drama and much fun." — New York Daily News
"Barbara Jean, Clarice, and Odette (known as the 'Supremes'
since high school) churn the small community of Plainview, Indiana,
into a Southern-fried tailspin in this debut from Edward Kelsey Moore,
a professional cellist. . . Moore is a demonstrative storyteller
and credits youthful eavesdropping for inspiring this multifaceted novel.
Comparisons to The Help and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
are inevitable, but Moore’s take on this rowdy troupe of outspoken,
lovable women has its own distinctive pluck."
— Publishers Weekly
"The setting is Plainview, Indiana and although the exotic backdrop is an unfamiliar Southern state in America, the midlife problems of Clarice, Odette and Barbara Jean are universal. They are black women and they faced the brutality of the civil rights struggle. This makes the novel an excellent and unpreachy chance to learn how the movement affected ordinary women. But the author’s real skill is showing what a dangerous dance this kind of long friendship can be. And if the friendship is to survive, the same rules apply wherever you happen to live."
— Daily Mail (U.K.)
"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 Reviews
"Edward Kelsey Moore has written a novel jam-packed with warmth, honesty, wit, travail, and just enough madcap humor to keep us giddily off-balance. The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat is that rare and happy find: a book that delivers not only good story, but good company."
— Leah Hager Cohen, author of House Lights and The Grief of Others
"Edward Kelsey Moore, an American cellist who swapped bow and scores for a computer keyboard is able to make us laugh and cry with this first novel, written without the slightest false note."
— Le Journal de Montréal (Canada)
"He captures the world of black women in the '60s. . . I should also mention that [Edward Kelsey Moore] is an outstanding writer. He should be widely read."
— Terry McMillan, author of Waiting to Exhale
"Breathtaking. . . The supremely gifted, supremely entertaining, and supremely big-hearted Edward Kelsey Moore has conjured up the story of an entire community and, at its sparkling center, a trio of memorable heroines."
— Julia Glass, author of A House Among the Trees and Three Junes (National Book Award)
"Moore writes the interwoven stories of three Afro-American women, from the 1960s to the present. They are small-town mothers and wives, outwardly conventional, but with secrets. It could be the stuff of earnest tragedy, but Moore goes for comedy with an absurdist twist. Warm and insightful."
— Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
~ The Supremes At Earl's All-You-Can-Eat ~
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Diner photo by CP.