Author O’Nan is known for his realistic fiction & Last Night at the Lobster is no exception. Manny DeLeon is the hardworking manager of a Red Lobster that is slated to close just before Christmas. All he wants is one last perfect night, but a snow storm and complications with his love life seem set to prevent that. This tender yet harsh story brings together a small group of characters, those staff members who through loyalty or the need for cash have turned up for work on this last day. With very few of them working, they must band together to turn out meals for those customers who brave the snow. The relationships between the characters, the trials of managing a restaurant and the thanklessness of that role, are all portrayed with feeling and a clarity that puts the reader right in the restaurant with them.
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Stewart O’Nan Fiction
Boston Noir (featured author), Songs for the Missing, Last Night at the Lobster, The Good Wife, The Night Country, Wish You Were Here, Everyday People, Writer’s Harvest (featured author), A Prayer for the Dying, A World Away, The Speed Queen, The Names of the Dead, Snow Angels, In the Walled City.
Snow Angels was made into a movie with Kate Beckinsale.
My New Orleans, Faithful (with Stephen King – about Boston Red Sox), The Circus Fire, The Vietnam Reader, On Writers & Writing (featured author).