by Stewart O'Nan
It's Manny's last night at the Lobster, the Red Lobster. Spend one day with the conscientious restaurant manager and his motley crew at the soon-to-be defunct seafood eatery.
His final shift will include the usual no-shows, a raucous office party, a restaurant regular or two, and even a blizzard. The characters are ordinary, but O'Nan makes them so real--you can almost smell the seafood chowder.
Quiet and quick, but worth every moment. Savor this yummy story!