A story that demonstrates how a steadfast friendship can carry you through the most appalling times. The Supremes are three high school pals who have met at the same all-you-can eat buffet table every Sunday for the past thirty years. Now, Odette is facing a major health crisis, Clarice is dealing with the fall-out from her philandering husband, and Barbara Jean is newly widowed and desolate with loss. The friends help each other through these difficult months with a mixture of humour, tough love and sheer grit – in a novel that takes the reader through the full range of emotions and leaves them feeling as if they could pull up a chair next Sunday and join the trio for lunch.
What the Armchair Critics Thought:
This was a book with plenty of colourful characters and dialogue, yet the female friendships were believable and true. We were interested to hear that the author is also a professional cellist and that the book has been published in seven languages. While we were occasionally confused by the switching narrators, we enjoyed having the different points of view. The sense of small town history was well established and we loved the three levels of church (strict vs fashionable). The women were generous with each other as well as with the three husbands and put up with everyone’s foibles. There were plenty of laughs – Richmond, the wedding, the town fortune teller, and even some magic realism to balance out the serious scenes. But we all wondered – why Eleanor Roosevelt?