I was blown away. This book initially seems so typical, the character seems so average, and the plot so blaise. My dad got it for me to read and since it was short, I figured I would give it a try. O'Nan makes the typical seem so important. It's brilliant because every life and every job is important, even if you're just working at a less-than-popular Red Lobster.
A thin novel, at only 146 pages, Last Night at the Lobster, by Stewart O'Nan, packs a lot of emotion. The novel covers the last night at the Red Lobster in New Britain, Connecticut.. Situated outside a declining mall, the owners of the Red Lobster have decided that this location will close on December 20. Manny, the manager, has accepted another position at an Olive Garden, but as the assistant manager. Even though this is his last night, he can't fight the routine - he … more
Anyone ever having had a job suddenly yanked from under him by a questionable corporate decision will understand what Manny DeLeon is going through. Manny is one fine employee, a company man through and through who takes great pride in what he does for a living despite the low pay, the long hours, and the constant pressure from the home office to do more with less. Last Night at the Lobster may be Manny's particular story but there are thousands and thousands of "Mannys" out there and Stewart O'Nan's … more
The first few pages of "Last Night at the Lobster" hooked me thoroughly. At the edge of a snowy Connecticut mall, an old Buick sails up to a Red Lobster restaurant. "The Regal signals for no one's benefit and slips into the lot like an oceanliner finally reaching harbor, glides by the handicapped spots straddling the front walk, braking before it turns and disappears behind the building, only to emerge a few long seconds later on the other side, way down at the very end, … more