Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan

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The Red Lobster perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall 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 a near-mutinous staff. All the while, he?s wondering how to handle the waitress he?s still in love with, what to do about his pregnant girlfriend, and where to find the present that will make everything better.

Stewart O?Nan has been called ?the bard of the working class,? and Last Night at the Lobster is one of his most acclaimed works to date.


 

About Stewart O'Nan

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STEWART O'NAN is the author of twelve previous novels, including Songs for the Missing, A Prayer for the Dying, and Snow Angels. In Faithful, he and Stephen King chronicled the 2004 Boston Red Sox. He was born, raised, and lives in Pittsburgh with his family.
 
Published November 1, 2007 by Penguin Books. 172 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Narrated by the ghost of Marco, the self-proclaimed “quiet one,” we meet fellow ghost Danielle (girlfriend of Tim, the one who survived intact);

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Corporate ownership is closing this branch near a dying mall, and though Manny is moving to the Olive Garden in Bristol (with a demotion to assistant manager), he can take only four people with him.

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The New York Times

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A newspaper article about the closing of a Red Lobster started Stewart O’Nan thinking about the topic.

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And even they don’t really think about it.” When two elderly customers enjoy their meal, Manny finds himself “inordinately proud that they both cleaned up their plates.” O’Nan’s empathy for his characters is one of his great gifts as a novelist, and it is an impressive achievement that Manny’s m...

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Book Reporter

The restaurant's final day mixes the mundane --- an unruly child who vomits on the restaurant carpet, a large office party celebrating the retirement of one of their number and the daily lunchtime visit of Manny's high school wrestling coach --- with the bizarre --- the mysterious slashing of the...

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Entertainment Weekly

It's a few days before Christmas, and a big winter snowstorm is brewing as Manny De-Leon opens, for the last time, the Red Lobster he manages near a run-down New England mall.

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San Francisco Chronicle

It's told through the eyes of Manny De Leon, the manager of a Red Lobster franchise in a dismal section of Connecticut, who has recently been informed that the franchise is being shut down - before Christmas, of course - and that most of his co-workers are being laid off, although a few will get ...

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

No American novelist loves the dead-end town quite like Stewart O'Nan.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Conscientious and committed (he stops at every stop sign even in a deserted mall in the dead of night), Manny thinks of the restaurant as his own and looks after it.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Ron Charles Milwaukee Jrnl Sentinel 2.5 of 5 Stars "The characters populating O’Nan’s restaurant never leap off the page, and by the book’s end, no great strides have been made, no pivotal issues resolved."

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Military.com

Stewart O'Nan's novel Last Night at the Lobster was at once spare but rich, sustaining me for weeks with moments of reflection on the life of Manny DeLeon, manager of a Red Lobster Restaurant that's forced to close just before Christmas.

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