The first of June always means the beginning of summer to me, no matter what the calendar may say. School is out, and the pace of life seems to slow down. Whether you are planning a relaxing getaway soon or, like me, planning to relax on the couch during the hot afternoons after a morning of gardening, you may be looking for a good book to while away those hours. If so, I have the perfect fun read for lazy summer afternoons--The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat.
Best friends since high school, Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean were first dubbed "The Supremes" by Little Earl of the All-You-Can-Eat in Plainview, Indiana. Now, nearly forty years later, they still gather at the diner every Sunday after church with their husbands to share good food, family news, and, of course, the latest gossip.
|Not to distract you too much, but I have to show off a little of what is blooming now in my garden. First, my big box store bargain peony is covered with huge blooms for the first time ever.|
|The iris have done so well this year--this, a true-blue passalong from my mother.|
|'Nelly Moser' clematis|
The three protagonists are admirable and compelling, but this book has a whole town full of entertaining and often quirky characters. My favorite has to be Odette's mother whose habit of smoking pot (as preventative medicine for glaucoma, she says) embarrasses her family. "Mama" is frequently visited by people who have passed on and isn't afraid to give her opinion on any subject. Early in the book she gives this advice to Odette on dealing with hot flashes:
"You might want to get that checked out. You don't wanna change too much. Your Aunt Marjorie started changin' and kept it up till she changed into a man . . . Okay, maybe she didn't switch all the way over to a man, but Marjorie grew a mustache, shaved her head, and took to wearin' overalls to church. I'm not sayin' the look didn't suit her; I'm just sayin' you can draw a straight line between her first hot flash and that bar fight she died in."
Obviously, Mama contributes some comic relief in the book.
|'Zephirine Drouhin,' a climbing rose, is smothered in blooms in only her third year.|
If you didn't look at the book jacket first, you might be surprised that the author is male, because the voices of women ring true throughout the novel. Edward Kelsey Moore says that his debut novel was inspired by conversations he overheard among the women in his family. "My intention in writing this novel was to celebrate the joy of true friendship and to invite readers to remember the smart, funny, and strong women in their lives."
Moore definitely succeeds--you may find yourself laughing or crying as you read, but most of all, you will wish you, too, could join Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean for a Sunday afternoon at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat.
|And finally, with all the rain we've had this spring, I also have plenty of these "blooms"!|
Disclaimer: No compensation of any kind was received for this review. I review only books I like and think others would enjoy reading; I either check the book out of the library, or, as in this case, purchase my own copy.
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