|Edition description:||Large Print|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Edward Kelsey Moore lives in Chicago, where he has enjoyed a long career as a cellist. His short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines, including Indiana Review, African American Review, and Inkwell. His short story “Grandma and the Elusive Fifth Crucifix” was selected as an audience favorite on National Public Radio’s Stories on Stage series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Like catching up with old friends.
As a native Detroiter, and lifelong Motown fan, I was initially drawn to the Moore’s first offering, The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat and was delighted to unearth a treasure. And now with Happy Heartache Blues, the charming, saga of three lifelong friends, their families, town of Plainview, Indiana and histories has once again captivated me. This story of these 60+ year-old women finds Clarice shakily stepping into her new musical career, Barbara Jean helping to mend broken hearts while continuing her philanthropy and Odette (who regularly meets up with the spirits of dead folks) trying to help husband James come to terms with his father’s abandonment of him and his family. Amid all of this is a witty undertone that makes me laugh out loud! The book is a charming salute to the strong and oh-so-human women in our lives. They are real and fallible and sassy and loyal and brave. The people who enrich and frustrate their lives all come with quirks and backstories that can be really delightful and really sobering. When I read Moore’s books I get the same feeling I have when reading Alexander McCall Smith’s Ladies’ Detective Agency series. Writing that is to be savored and characters I want to be my friends. Joy at the prospect of revisiting The Supremes and the nutty citizens of Plainview. And admiration for such terrific writing. Please, let there be more!