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Last Night at the Lobster

Last Night at the Lobster

Author: Stewart O'Nan

Year Published: 2007

Description: Stewart O'Nan's bestselling Last Night at the Lobster portrays the awkward final day of work at a fictional Red Lobster restaurant in New England before it is shut down by corporate headquarters due to dwindling business. Much of the novella centers on Manny DeLeon, the branch's manager, who tries his best to stick to standard routine, all while assuaging staff anger, contemplating his complicated personal life and mourning the imminent demise of not only his financial livelihood, but also his primary purpose and identity for most of his adult life.

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'Two months ago Manny had forty-four people working for him, twenty of them full-time. Tonight when he locks the doors, all but five will lose their jobs, and one of those five - unfairly, he thinks, since he was their leader - will be himself. Monday the survivors will start at the Olive Garden... '

Last Night at the Lobster

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