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Last night at the Lobster

by O'Nan, Stewart, 1961-

Format: Book on CD 2007
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
Available (6)
Location Collection Call #
Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Audiobook SVAU Fic O'Na
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
Collection  Audiobook
Call Number  SVAU Fic O'Na
Carnegie Library of Homestead Recorded Book BCD FIC Onan
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Recorded Book
Call Number  BCD FIC Onan
Carnegie Library of McKeesport AV CD-BK F ONA
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  AV
Call Number  CD-BK F ONA
Plum Community Library Adult Audio CD ONA
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Adult Audio
Call Number  CD ONA
Scott Township Library Audio ACD FIC LAST
Location  Scott Township Library
Collection  Audio
Call Number  ACD FIC LAST
Shaler North Hills Library Audiovisual CD O'NAN [B-O-CD]
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Audiovisual
Call Number  CD O'NAN [B-O-CD]
Manny DeLeon, manager of a soon defunct Red Lobster, is as dedicated of an employee as they come. Nonetheless, corporate has slated his restaurant for closing, and he must rally his waiters and waitresses into showing up for work on their last night, even though they know they won't have a job the next day. In the midst of also grappling with his love for one of the waitresses, and finding the perfect Christmas gift for his pregnant girlfriend, Manny begins to unravel.
A Bittersweet Tale of Work and Love from One of ?America's Best Young Novelists? (Granta). 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 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. Presented unabridged on 4 CDs.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "O'Nan's short novel is a day in the life of a Red Lobster, or more accurately the last day in the life of a Red Lobster. The story follows manager Manny DeLeon as he juggles disgruntled cooks, a waitress he's recently, and reluctantly, ended an affair with, and unreasonable patrons over one last shift before the restaurant is closed down. All the while a massive snowstorm percolates outside, shrouding his quietly valiant effort to make something meaningful out of this last night. Much like Nicholson Baker, O'Nan revels in the mundane yet telling details that so often go overlooked, and with striking notes of lamented lost chances, uncertain futures, and overblown nostalgia, he paints a sympathetic portrait of a man struggling with the end of an era. The place study steals this show, however, as O'Nan captures the brisk rushes and dreary lulls of the insular restaurant world that will strike chords with the untold masses who've ever worked in food service. An intriguing but limited piece of writing that stretches, rather than flexes, O'Nan's considerable talent.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Set on the last day of business of a Connecticut Red Lobster, this touching novel by the author of Snow Angels and A Prayer for the Dying tells the story of Manny DeLeon, a conscientious, committed restaurant manager any national chain would want to keep. Instead, corporate has notified Manny that his-and Manny does think of the restaurant as his-New Britain, Conn., location is not meeting expectations and will close December 20. On top of that, he'll be assigned to a nearby Olive Garden and downgraded to assistant manager. It's a loss he tries to rationalize much as he does the loss of Jacquie, a waitress and the former not-so-secret lover he suspects means more to him than his girlfriend Deena, who is pregnant with his child. On this last night, Manny is committed to a dream of perfection, but no one and nothing seems to share his vision: a blizzard batters the area, customers are sparse, employees don't show up and Manny has a tough time finding a Christmas gift for Deena. Lunch gives way to dinner with hardly anyone stopping to eat, but Manny refuses to close early or give up hope. Small but not slight, the novel is a concise, poignant portrait of a man on the verge of losing himself. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Restaurateurs -- Fiction.
Restaurants -- Employees -- Fiction.
Connecticut -- Fiction.
Publisher North Kingstown, RI :BBC Audiobooks America,2007
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Davis, Jonathan (Narrator), narrator.
BBC Audiobooks America.
Participants/Performers Read by Jonathan Davis.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 3 audio discs (3 hr., 50 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1602833044
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