The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the author of the best-selling The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues, an exuberant and poignant new audiobook 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 who has 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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|Listening Length||10 hours and 36 minutes|
|Author||Edward Kelsey Moore|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 20, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #102,831 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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El Walker is the central figure in Edward Kelsey Moore's newest novel, "The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues", which is the sequel to "The Supremes at Earls's All-You-Can-Eat", published in 2013. That book introduced "The Supremes", three life-long friends in a small southern Indiana town. In the review I wrote then, I said that Moore's book was a wonderful look at the black middle class, and compared favorably to works by James Wilcox, who writes about the white middle class in small Southern towns. In this book, Moore has taken the characters - both those alive and dead - and brought them together again, using El Walker/Marcus Henry as the catalyst.
Marcus Henry had basically been kicked out of town after cutting his young son's face and leaving a horrendous scar, as well as being a general troublemaker, James grew up with "Big Earl" acting as a father figure, but as a child and adult missed the father who had hurt him so badly. He married Odette, who loved him and provided him with a family and a strong sense of personal security. James Henry became an Indiana State policeman, living a good life. But a portion of him missed the father who hurt him and then left him. Marcus Henry, taking a new identity as El Walker, moved around the country and the world, gaining fame as a singer of the blues, while living with his addictions.
However, James Henry wasn't the only Plainview citizen with a connection to El Walker. El had known the mother of Barbara Jean Carlson, one of the "Supremes". He had been raised in a foster home with Loretta, a beautiful girl who became a prostitute and died young of alcoholism, leaving Barbara Jean to make her way in the world. El was able to give Barbara Jean a sense of who her mother was, besides a prostitute.
Those are just two of the characters whose lives are changed in the book. The ideas of forgiveness and moving on are touched on again and again. Maybe a person hurt by another can't forgive without knowing the one who has hurt him. El/Marcus's late life appearance in Plainview certainly sets off self-examination of many people's lives.
I received this book from the author for an honest review. I'm a little sorry that "The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues" is the second and last book in the series. But I think Moore has said what he had to say about people and places, and love and forgiveness, in his two books. They are both masterful.
F Williams African American Women's Book Club