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Publisher's Summary

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 where to find the present that will make everything better. 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.
©2007 Stewart O'Nan (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America
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Critic Reviews

"A deeply moving novel about how we work, how we live, and how we get to the next day with our spirits intact. If there was ever a book that embodies what's best in us, it's Stewart O'Nan's Last Night at the Lobster." (Stephen King)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 12-08-10

Very good novella

This is a short novel...aka a novella...and it's worth the price of entry. I greatly enjoyed the author's "The Great Circus Fire" and this is a small but tasty slice of life taking place on the last night of a restaurant that's going out of business.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Ohio Foodie on 08-27-12

Sweet story but I expected more

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I just wish there was a bit more substance to it

Would you be willing to try another book from Stewart O'Nan? Why or why not?

Yes. The writing is engaging and evocative.

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

The sound of his voice. He is very expressive, too.

Did Last Night at the Lobster inspire you to do anything?

No, we read it for our book group and talked about this point, but I wasn't particularly inspired.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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