Last Night at the Lobster

Last Night at the Lobster

Book - 2007
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Managing a failed seafood restaurant in a run-down New England mall just before Christmas, Manny DeLeon coordinates a challenging final shift of mutinous staff members, an effort that is complicated by his love for a waitress, a pregnant girlfriend, and an elusive holiday gift.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2007
ISBN: 9780670018277
0670018279
Branch Call Number: F ONAN-S
Characteristics: 146 p. ; 20 cm

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Fishpantspeacock
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.

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uncommonreader
Oct 31, 2015

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

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stewstealth
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.

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ktripson
May 15, 2013

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

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emkeller
Jun 28, 2012

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

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burmisgal
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.

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jquickmsw
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?"

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bigreader69
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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