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Last Night at the Lobster

Last Night at the Lobster

Andrea says: A sweet little read. The book takes us through the final shift of a small town Red Lobster on the night it closes forever. There are some flare-ups with staff, some theft, some regret of love gone awry, but on the whole, it's a slice of life, that is real, if a little melancholy. A good read nonetheless.

A frank and funny yet emotionally resonant tale set within a vivid work day world, from the author of Emily, Alone and Henry, Himself--named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly

A Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize


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--just four days before Christmas and in the midst of a fierce blizzard--with a near-mutinous staff and 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, 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 a poignant yet redemptive look at what a man does when he discovers that his best might not be good enough.

Publication Date: 
October 28, 2008