The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues: A Novel

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Henry Holt and Company, Jun 20, 2017 - Fiction - 320 pages

“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.

 

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User Review  - Gwnfkt12 - LibraryThing

A quick read. Enjoyable. Not the best plot or character development, but a great summer read or when you're looking for a little something to entertain you but not make you think too hard. Would definitely recommend reading the first book in the series before this one. Read full review

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User Review  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

"The blues is what a love song turns into after the singer's had his teeth kicked out." This sequel, with new characters from old stories, isn't as much fun as the original. El is James's long missing ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
29
Section 4
34
Section 5
45
Section 6
57
Section 7
68
Section 8
77
Section 22
174
Section 23
179
Section 24
187
Section 25
198
Section 26
205
Section 27
210
Section 28
221
Section 29
226

Section 9
85
Section 10
90
Section 11
94
Section 12
100
Section 13
108
Section 14
112
Section 15
118
Section 16
122
Section 17
130
Section 18
136
Section 19
149
Section 20
161
Section 21
168
Section 30
230
Section 31
240
Section 32
250
Section 33
254
Section 34
262
Section 35
267
Section 36
273
Section 37
277
Section 38
283
Section 39
290
Section 40
297
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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.

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