In Edward Kelsey Moore’s debut novel, a trio of best friends share their first-hand accounts of growing up black in small town Indiana from the 1960s to the present. Equal parts humorous, heartwarming, and harrowing, this book puts you on an emotional roller coaster ride right alongside the protagonists as they deal with every twist and turn life has in store for them.
Clarice, a talented pianist who gave up a professional career to become a wife and mother, struggles to suppress her growing resentment toward her cheating husband. Barbara Jean, beautiful but damaged, drowns painful memories in alcohol, but her drinking problem is becoming more and more noticeable. And Odette, as fearless as she is big around the middle, begins seeing the spirit of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt and knows this means her time is almost up. These three women lead very different lives, but their weekly meetings at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat diner is the one thread that binds them all together.
A scene in this book that takes place at an ill-fated wedding had me almost in tears with laughter. At that moment, I could so see this book as a movie. But until there’s a movie, you’ll have to read the book. If you enjoy slice-of-life stories, check this one out. Highly recommended.