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Last Night at the Lobster
by Stewart O'Nan

Published: 2007-11-01
Hardcover : 160 pages
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Stewart O’Nan has been called “the bard of the working class” and has now crafted a frank and funny yet emotionally resonant tale set within a vivid workaday world seldom seen in contemporary fiction.

Perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall, The Red Lobster hasn’t been ...
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(Stewart O’Nan has been called “the bard of the working class” and has now crafted a frank and funny yet emotionally resonant tale set within a vivid workaday world seldom seen in contemporary fiction.

Perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall, The Red Lobster hasn’t been making its numbers and headquarters has pulled the plug. But manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift. With only four shopping days left until Christmas, Manny must convince his near-mutinous staff to hunker down and serve the final onslaught of hungry retirees, lunatics, and holiday office parties. All the while, he’s wondering how to handle the waitress he’s still in love with, his pregnant girlfriend at home, and the perfect present he still needs to buy.

Last Night at the Lobster is a poignant yet redemptive look at what a man does when he discovers that his best might not be good enough.

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  "Last Night at the Lobster"by scotlass66 (see profile) 01/17/14

A taste of life, one night, not a lot of exciting drama or crime, just real people with their everyday lives. Manny and his restaurant crew carry on during the last night if service at the Lobster, with... (read more)

 
  "Last Night at the Lobster"by lfrench1 (see profile) 04/03/11

For any of us in smaller communities it may strike a chord. Like most, the concept of the Red Lobster by the Mall. This made me think of our own Red Lobster by the Mall. Not "grabbing" but kind of cute.... (read more)

 
  "A Well-Done Snapshot of a Mundane Event"by donnadeleon (see profile) 04/10/09

This was a very well-written story about a very mundane event. Narrated by the manager of a Red Lobster restaurant that is going out of business, O,Nan recounts the events of the last night of operation.... (read more)

 
  "Interesting character study"by marialuby (see profile) 02/14/08

I enjoyed the book and found it to be easy to read. While I liked it, I did feel that the book left me feeling like something was missing.

 
  "Had to motivate myself to get through this book!"by mommyevelyn (see profile) 02/14/08

The writer is good (writing style in general), yet the story itself is weak. A quick read (if you're motivated to get through it) on the closing of a Red Lobster business. He could have expanded on the... (read more)

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