With every stewart onan novel i read he increasingly secures a place on my favorite authors list in this thin volume last night at the lobster the scene is set in a has seen better days new england town during a blizzard in the days before christmas the story takes place in a red lobster restaurant on its last day open for business. Last night at the lobster has moments of drama involving conflicts between the staff and between the staff and some difficult customers and it even leaves the red lobster behind for awhile to follow manny as he does some last minute holiday shopping at a nearby mall during a break. In last night at the lobster stewart onan has crafted an elegant and unsentimental miniature of the workaday world thankfully he passes on the opportunity to have his characters moralize about the life of the working class americans in an age of downsizing so affectingly captured in this brief tale instead he leaves it to. Last night at the lobster by stewart onan 146 pages 1995 viking stewart onans turf is the large swath of the country that lies in the dark shadow of the american dream his fiction tends . About last night at the lobster a frank and funny yet emotionally resonant tale set within a vivid work day world from the author of emily alone and henry himself named a best book of the year by the washington post the san francisco chronicle and entertainment weekly a finalist for the los angeles times book prize perched in the far corner of a run down new england mall the red
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