Last Night at the Lobster

Last Night at the Lobster

Book - 2007
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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."--Inside jacket.
Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, c2007
Description: 146 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780670018277
Branch Call Number: ONan


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Jul 03, 2016

The good news it was short. However never would have finished if not stuck on a plane. Book is slow and really only takes place on last day of work shift at restraunt closing down.

Oct 31, 2015

Like O'Nan's other books, this is a well told story about ordinary, working class people.

Jan 29, 2014

A quick read about working life. This is a short novel that is well written if perhaps a bit sentimental. Worth reading as you won't invest a lot of time reading it.

May 15, 2013

I thought the writing was outstanding but I never cared about any of the characters.

Jun 28, 2012

A bittersweet peek into how a workplace becomes a little community, a dysfunctional family, relationships that wouldn't have happened otherwise.

Jul 13, 2011

It was almost a short story in the feel--literally the story of a restaurant shutting down. Very well written, but like a short story it left me wanting to follow the characters further.

Jul 04, 2011

A little gem of a book -- O'Nan is a masterful writer who makes it look easy (like Clyde Edgerton). I loved every page -- but I don't understand why so many reviewers insist on summarizing the plot, as if they were writing a high-school book report; plot summaries are there in the LJ and PW reviews. What readers (at least this reader) want to know is "Did you like it? If so (or if not) why?"

Apr 18, 2008

Manny DeLeon manages a Connecticut Red Lobster restaurant on its last night before closing. Although they don't know it, his quirky staff is family to Manny. Knowing he can take only 5 employees with him to a nearby Olive Garden, and faced with a blizzard on that last night, Manny's is an eloquent story of an ordinary man. This author has been called "the bard of the working class."


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siammarino Aug 05, 2014

This is a really different kind of book because the action spans only one night: the closing night at a Red Lobster restaurant. The manager, Manny, is the most hard-working character I've ever come across, but his work ethic does not extend to his employees. How will he handle the closing during a blizzard? Working class people will identify with the people in this novel.

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