Growing up in the the small Indiana town of Plainview, Indiana, Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean have been friends since childhood. Guitarist El Walker swore he would never set foot in town again, but circumstances conspire against him, and soon he is in Plainview, playing the blues at a local wedding. Once in town, it does not take long for his past to come to light. El Walker’s past affect both Odette and Barbara Jean, who must now face some hard truths about their families. Clarice, also a musician, faces a crisis in her musical career. This is a story of forgiveness, friendship, and family, set a tightly knit community. The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues is the author’s second book, set after the events of The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can Eat, this one continues the story of the three friends and their families. Odette’s mother and Eleanor Roosevelt, two lively ghosts, make appearances, adding humor and charm to the tale.

Annette G.

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