Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan


Manny DeLeon is the about to be ex-manager of the Red Lobster.  This is the last day of business for this New England restaurant.

It is four days before Christmas, a big storm is blowing in, and nobody wants to work the last shift.  Manny does his best to keep his dwindled staff happy so they will serve the last diners.  While he is juggling managing the staff and doing maintenance chores and placating disgruntled patrons, he is also trying to figure out what to do about his pregnant girlfriend at home and the waitress at work he who loves.

Bottom line this is about a hardworking, basically good guy, trying his best.  But his best is not quite enough.  Sad.