Meet Debut Author Edward Kelsey Moore (The Supremes at Earl's All You Can Eat)

Apr 4 2013 7:00 pm

Edward Kelsey Moore, Author and Musician

Edward Kelsey Moore was born in the U.S.A., in the state of Indiana.  He currently lives in Chicago, IL.

The Musician

Mr. Moore received a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, and a Master of Music degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook; his teachers included renowned cellists Janos Starker and Bernard Greenhouse.  For more than two decades, Edward Kelsey Moore has been a professional musician performing with a number of midwestern orchestras, including the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Chicago Philharmonic, and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra.  He is also principal cellist of the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble.  Edward Kelsey Moore has played on many recordings, and toured nationally and internationally.  In addition to performing, Mr. Moore has been a popular professor of music, training and nurturing a new generation of cello players.

The Author 

During his high school years, and onward into college, Edward Kelsey Moore experimented with writing short stories.  As he finished his education he set writing aside and focused on building a career in music.  Many years later, as a member of a string quartet, Edward was hired to perform at a reception for the winners of a local writing contest.  As he played background music Edward considered: "I could have sent in a story..."  It was an inspiring event and within a few weeks Edward Kelsey Moore began writing again.

Mr. Moore's short fiction has been published in many literary magazines including: Indiana Review, African American Review, and Inkwell.  His short story Grandma and the Elusive Fifth Crucifix was selected as an audience favorite on National Public Radio’s Stories on Stage series.  The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat is Edward Kelsey Moore's debut novel.  He is currently writing his second book.  

ISBN-13: 9780307959928
Availability: Special Order - Price and Availability Subject to Change
Published: Knopf, 3/2013

Meet Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean. . .
Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio.  Dubbed “the Supremes” by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life’s storms together for the next four decades. Now, during their most challenging year yet, dutiful, proud, and talented Clarice must struggle 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 engages in the most terrifying battle of her life while contending with the idea that she has inherited more than her broad frame from her notorious pot-smoking mother, Dora.

Through marriage, children, happiness, and the blues, these strong, funny women gather each Sundayat the same table at Earl’s diner for delicious food, juicy gossip, occasional tears, and uproarious banter.

With wit and love, style and sublime talent, Edward Kelsey Moore brings together four intertwined love stories, three devoted allies, and two sprightly earthbound spirits in a big-hearted debut novel that embraces the lives of people you will never forget. 

Praise for The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat…

“The author uses warmhearted humor and salty language to bring to life a tight-knit African-American community. . . . With salt-of-the-earth characters like fearless Odette, motherless Barbara Jean, and sharp-tongued Clarice, along with an event-filled plot that readers will laugh and cry over, this is a good bet to become a best seller.” —Library Journal

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

Edward Kelsey Moore’s The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat had me nodding in recognition and laughing out loud when I wasn’t crying. His delightful voice really rings true, bringing the unforgettable Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean to vivid life on every page.—Connie Briscoe, author of Money Can’t Buy Me Love
The Supremes at Earl’s-All-You-Can-Eat is a scrumptious delight! I can’t wait for my old friends to get to know my new friends: Odette, Barbara Jean, and Clarice (not to mention Odette’s pot-smoking mama and her friend Mrs. Roosevelt!).” – Carleen Brice, author of Orange Mint and Honey and Children of the Waters
“I am always a little suspicious of a male writer speaking for female characters, but Moore inhabits and enlarges the experience he creates so delightfully. A real triumph for a brilliant new novelist.” —Suzanne Levine, author of How We Love Now: Women Talk About Intimacy after Fifty

"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. It  teems with memorable characters, chief among them Odette, as unlikely and  irresistible protagonist as we are likely to meet. 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 The Grief of Others

"What a delight and a privilege it is to be among the earliest readers of this breathtaking debut. 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. How I long to have Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean on speed-dial! At least I'll be able to brag that I knew them before they hit the big time . . . as I can promise you they will." —Julia Glass, author of Three Junes and The Widower’s Tale

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