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Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan
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Oct 18, 2008

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Manny manages a New England Red Lobster which corporate has decided to shut down. Takes place during the restaurant's last day open, as Manny deals with guilt over the employees who are losing their jobs (he's only able to take five with him to his new gig at the Olive Garden), guilt over the pregnant girlfriend he doesn't really love, regret about the waitress with whom he had an affair and is still in love with, no-show staff and a blizzard.

It's real slice-of-life realism; I enjoyed it. Perfectly suited for the novella format, which I love (I wish novellas sold better, I would love to see more on the market). As someone who has worked in a franchise restaurant, I can attest that O'Nan perfectly captures the dynamic here. He gets all of the staff, customer and management interactions and types just right.

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