A few years ago, I went to the Indiana University Writers’ Conference and participated in a fiction workshop led by Amy Bloom. One of the other participants was Edward Kelsey Moore, a cellist who also had a great voice on the page.
It’s no surprise that his first novel, The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is forthcoming in March 2013 from Knopf.
Here’s a description:
Told with wit, style, and compassion, this is the story of friendship among three women weathering the ups and downs of life in a small Midwestern town.
When Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean meet as teenagers in the mid-sixties, the civil rights movement is moving along and so are their everyday lives. Their regular gathering place is Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat diner, the first black-owned business in downtown Plainview, Indiana. Dubbed the Supremes by their friends, the inseparable trio is watched over by big-hearted Earl during their complicated high school days, and then every Sunday after church as they marry, and have children and grandchildren. Sitting at the same table for almost forty years, these best friends grow up, gossip, and face the world together with pointed humor, some sorrow, and much joy. Meet Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean–once you meet them, they will be your friends forever…