The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues (Hardcover)

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Celebrate the forever female friendship of the self-named "Supremes" as they enter their 60's in their hometown of Plainview, Indiana. The fears, family dysfunction, aging issues and concerns we all face are explored with humor, humility and ultimately growth. Fans of The Supremes at Earl's All You Can Eat will not be disappointed. Each chapter is a story unto itself while it moves the novel forward. These women are a real hoot!

— Barb

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"Moore, besides being laugh out loud hilarious, has a profound understanding of human nature . . . A truly remarkable writer. This book is a joy to read." --Fannie Flagg, author of The Whole Town's Talking and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

"The arrival of Moore's] new novel had me singing anything but the blues."--Julia Glass, National Book Award-winning author of A House Among the Trees and Three Junes

From the author of the bestselling The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues, an exuberant and poignant new novel of passions, family, and forgiveness

When a late life love affair blooms between Mr. Forrest Payne, the owner of the Pink Slipper Gentleman's Club, and Miss Beatrice Jordan, famous for stationing herself at the edge of the club's parking lot and yelling warnings of eternal damnation at the departing patrons, their wedding summons a legend to town. Mr. El Walker, the great guitar bluesman, comes home to give a command performance in Plainview, Indiana, a place he'd sworn--and for good reason--he'd never set foot in again.

But El is not the only Plainview native with a hurdle to overcome. A wildly philandering husband struggles at last to prove his faithfulness to the wife he's always loved. And among those in this tightly knit community who show up every Sunday after church for lunch at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, are the lifelong friends, known locally as "The Supremes" --Clarice, facing down her longing for, chance at and fear of a great career; Barbara Jean, grappling at last with the loss of a mother whose life humiliated both of them, and Odette, reaching toward her husband through an anger of his that she does not understand.

Edward Kelsey Moore's lively cast of characters, each of whom have surmounted serious trouble and come into love, need not learn how to survive but how, fully, to live. And they do, every one of them, serenaded by the bittersweet and unforgettable blues song El Walker plays, born of his own great loss and love.

About the Author


Edward Kelsey Moore is the author of the bestselling The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat. His short fiction has appeared in Indiana Review, African American Review, and Inkwell, among others. His short story "Grandma and the Elusive Fifth Crucifix" was selected as an audience favorite on Chicago Public Radio's Stories on Stage series. A professional cellist, he lives in Chicago.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250107947
ISBN-10: 1250107946
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication Date: June 20th, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English