Last Night at the Lobster
Mr B's review
A funny wistful nugget of a novel looking at one man’s efforts to do the right thing by all around him whilst coping with his own chaotic life. The action takes places over the last trading day of The Red Lobster managed by the diligent but beleaguered Manny. As the day progresses, Manny seeks to navigate one last set of dramas – dysfunctional office parties, sugar-high kids, an absent snowplough – and keep control of his embittered and disengaged team.
‘A book that embodies what’s best in us.’ – Stephen King
Washington Post Best Book of the Year,2017
San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, 2017
Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year,2017
The Red Lobster chain restaurant perched in the far corner of a run-down American mall hasn’t been making its numbers and has pulled the plug. But manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift with a near-mutinous staff and the final onslaught of hungry retirees, lunatics, and office parties.
All the while, Manny wondering how to handle the waitress he’s still in love with, what to do about his pregnant girlfriend, and how to find the Christmas 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 American cult classic and a masterpiece of precision and empathy.
A book that embodies what’s best in us. — Stephen King A delightful heartbreaker of a novel . . . Exquisite. * USA Today * O’Nan crafts a perfectly observed slice of working-class life. * Entertainment Weekly * A masterful portrait. * The Washington Post Book World * [A] deeply perceptive and observant little book, 140 pages that pack a bigger punch than all those 600 page tomes. * Dovegreyreader *
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