August’s Central Book Discussion: Last Night at the Lobster

The Central Book Discussion group met on Tuesday to talk about Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan. Even though it was a pretty short book (146 pages), we found that we had a lot to talk about.
Readers commented that the book had a bit of a slow start, although the pace picked up pretty quickly. One person commented that she enjoyed the melancholic tone of the book, and we all agreed that the characters and the story were very realistic. We liked how the author gave a lot of details about how the restaurant was run, as well.   It was easy to envision the setting, and all of the characters working with each other.

We all agreed that it was easy to picture all of the characters, and liked O’Nan’s central character, Manny. While Manny seemed emotional at times, he was also detached, and trying to be professional until the last moment. We also agreed that the ending was satisfying, and also realistic (which we appreciated).

We welcome more comments, so if you have read this book, please feel free to leave your thoughts here on this post!


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