BOOKS

Last Night at the Lobster

Stewart O'Nan

RRP: £7.99

6 April 2017

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781760293864

RRP: £3.99

6 April 2017

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781952535208

The Red Lobster chain restaurant perched in the far corner of a run-down American mall 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 a near-mutinous staff and the final onslaught of hungry retirees, lunatics and office parties. All the while, he’s wondering how to handle the waitress he’s still in love with, what to do about his pregnant girlfriend and where to find the Christmas present that will make everything better.

Stewart O’Nan has been called ‘the bard of the working class’, and Last Night at the Lobster is a masterclass of precision and empathy.

REVIEWS

A book that embodies what's best in us.Stephen King

A delightful heartbreaker of a novel . . . Exquisite.
USA Today

O'Nan crafts a perfectly observed slice of working-class life.
Entertainment Weekly

A masterful portrait.
The Washington Post Book World

[A] deeply perceptive and observant little book, 140 pages that pack a bigger punch than all those 600 page tomes.
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