Last Night at the Lobster (O’Nan)

I really have to read more of his work. The one, my second, was just outstanding. A Red Lobster in Connecticut is closing, and Manny must manage the last day. There’s a blizzard. He has relationship problems. Some employees have stopped showing up; others want to leave early. Someone has been stealing supplies. A kid throws up. An unanticipated party of 16 shows up for a retirement party. Customers complain. O’Nan, once again, just nails it. In just under 150 pages, he creates the present and past of this restaurant in such an honest and insightful way. There is an opportunity for a certain kind of ending, but O’Nan resists it without letting all of the air out of the tires.

Do you have a favorite O’Nan?

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