Bet you never thought the most touching book you'd read this year would take place in a Red Lobster. I, too, had my doubts, but this vivid slice of life in a ubiquitous industry (that has been sinfully ignored by literature) packs more punch than novels three times its size. Original, funny, and surprisingly moving. — Northshire Staff
Spring/Summer '09 Reading Group List
“Through sparse, evocative language, we experience the closing night at a Red Lobster restaurant in a rundown New England mall. The tension between his ordered and ethical business life, and his more complicated personal life, causes Manny DeLeon, the manager, great conflict. A superb novella that took me right back to the kitchens and tables of my waitress days.”
— Sally Landaal, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
Perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall, the Red Lobster 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 four shopping days left until Christmas, Manny must convince his near-mutinous staff to hunker down and serve the final onslaught of hungry retirees, lunatics, and holiday office parties. All the while, he's wondering how to handle the waitress he's still in love with, his pregnant girlfriend at home, and where to find the present that will make everything better.