Stewart O’Nan, a novelist who specializes in working-class despair, hope and endurance, is attracting high critical praise for “Last Night at the Red Lobster.” The sad comic tale deals with one Manny DeLeon, a Red Lobster general manager who is conflicted by love, career and commitment to both, as he oversees a temperamental, culturally diverse staff of characters and serves a mixed bag of guests during the last 12 hours of a business he considered his own until corporate ...

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