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Stewart O'Nan

Forfatter af Last Night at the Lobster

39+ Værker 9,610 Medlemmer 606 Anmeldelser 35 Favorited

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Stewart O'Nan was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 4, 1961. He received a B. S. from Boston University in 1983 and received a M. F. A. in fiction from Cornell University in 1992. Before becoming a writer, he worked as a test engineer for Grumman Aerospace from 1984 to 1988. He has vis mere written several novels including The Speed Queen, A Prayer for the Dying, Last Night at the Lobster, The Circus Fire, and Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season. In the Walled City won the 1993 Due Heinz Literature Prize; Snow Angels won the 1993 Pirates Alley William Faulkner Prize; and The Names of the Dead won the 1996 Oklahoma Book Award. Snow Angels was made into a feature film in 2007. In 1996, he was listed as one of Granta's best young American novelists. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre


Værker af Stewart O'Nan

Last Night at the Lobster (2007) 1,381 eksemplarer, 126 anmeldelser
Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season (2004) — Forfatter — 865 eksemplarer, 17 anmeldelser
Songs for the Missing (2008) 840 eksemplarer, 86 anmeldelser
A Prayer for the Dying (1999) 688 eksemplarer, 39 anmeldelser
Emily, Alone (2011) 688 eksemplarer, 52 anmeldelser
The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy (2000) 587 eksemplarer, 26 anmeldelser
Wish You Were Here (2002) 529 eksemplarer, 26 anmeldelser
The Odds: A Love Story (2012) 458 eksemplarer, 45 anmeldelser
Snow Angels: A Novel (1994) 444 eksemplarer, 14 anmeldelser
West of Sunset (2015) 374 eksemplarer, 24 anmeldelser
The Good Wife (2005) 374 eksemplarer, 23 anmeldelser
The Night Country (2003) 372 eksemplarer, 17 anmeldelser
A Face in the Crowd (2012) — Forfatter — 343 eksemplarer, 22 anmeldelser
Speed Queen (1997) 311 eksemplarer, 9 anmeldelser
City of Secrets (2016) 203 eksemplarer, 23 anmeldelser
Henry, Himself (2019) 197 eksemplarer, 14 anmeldelser
Ocean State (2022) 187 eksemplarer, 22 anmeldelser
The Names of the Dead (1996) 173 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
A World Away (1998) 136 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Everyday People (2001) 94 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
In the Walled City: Stories (1993) 54 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
A Face in the Crowd and The Longest December (2023) — Forfatter — 36 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
A Good Day to Die: A Novel (1999) 15 eksemplarer
Monsters (2009) 14 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
[unidentified works] 4 eksemplarer
Cemetery Dance Issue 48 (2003) 4 eksemplarer
Land of the Lost 3 eksemplarer
Feriengeschichten 2 eksemplarer
Poe (2008) 2 eksemplarer
Di là dal tramonto (2022) 1 eksemplar
Everyday People 1 eksemplar
Gaia's to y.s 1 eksemplar
Endless Summer 1 eksemplar
Something Wicked (2004) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Stories: All-New Tales (2010) — Bidragyder — 1,408 eksemplarer, 65 anmeldelser
Boston Noir (2009) — Bidragyder — 295 eksemplarer, 9 anmeldelser
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourteenth Annual Collection (2001) — Bidragyder — 249 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Granta 54: Best of Young American Novelists (1996) — Bidragyder — 238 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010 Edition (2010) — Bidragyder — 107 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
Shining in the Dark: Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja's Library (2018) — Bidragyder — 87 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Halloween (2011) — Bidragyder — 77 eksemplarer
Pittsburgh Noir (2011) — Bidragyder — 65 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Significant Objects: 100 Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things (2012) — Bidragyder — 57 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Obsession: Tales of Irresistible Desire (2012) — Bidragyder — 54 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Dark Screams: Volume Nine (2018) — Bidragyder — 31 eksemplarer, 7 anmeldelser
October Dreams II (Anthology) (2016) — Bidragyder — 29 eksemplarer
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Politically Inspired (2003) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer
Reading Stephen King (2017) — Forfatter — 20 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Detours (2015) — Forfatter — 14 eksemplarer
Cemetery Dance Issue 61 (2009) 11 eksemplarer
Killer Crimes — Forfatter — 2 eksemplarer
Fears: Tales of Psychological Horror (2024) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer

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Stewart O' Nan: American Author Challenge i 75 Books Challenge for 2017 (maj 2017)
July 2014's SK Flavor of the Month - A Face in the Crowd i King's Dear Constant Readers (juli 2014)


A few years ago, at the start of the Covid pandemic, the Pizza Hut in our town closed down, as did a lot of restaurants. Sadly, its corporate headquarters made the decision to close it permanently. I've often wondered what happened to the dozen or more employees who lost jobs there. Well, Stewart O'Nan's acclaimed 2007 novel, LAST NIGHT AT THE LOBSTER, opens a window into a similar situation, giving human faces and feelings to the workers at a Red Lobster near a failing Massachusetts mall. Their last day plays out from the viewpont of the Lobster manager, Manny DeLeon, a long-time and conscientious 'company man,' who has other problems - a pregnant girlfriend he doesn't really
love, and a waitress he still loves, though their affair has long since fizzled, and several unhappy workers who have shown up for this last day of work. And it's all set against a massive winter storm just four days before Christmas. O'Nan works his trademark magic of 'inhabiting' his main character, putting the reader inside Manny's head - and heart - in this awkward and, at times, heartbreaking final day of work at the restaurant.

I've often seen comments from O'Nan fans that this is their favorite of his books. Now I understand that enthusiasm, although I also wonder if they might have loved it for its brevity, at less than 150 pages. But the fact that whole lives are so vividly represented in those few pages says a lot. This is, I think, my thirteenth O'Nan book, so obviously I'm a fan. Loved this one too. My very highest recommendation.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER
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TimBazzett | 125 andre anmeldelser | Jul 11, 2024 |
Emily Maxwell has been a widow for several years, and remains close with her sister-in-law Arlene. The two women spend a lot of time together, having breakfast once a week in a local restaurant and attending local events from art fairs to funerals (an unfortunately common occurrence at their age). Their comfortable routine is upended when Arlene falls and requires medical care. Emily is forced to drive again instead of relying on Arlene, and while this is scary for her at first it also brings about somewhat of a reckoning about the rest of her life, however long (or short) that may be.

There’s a lot to unpack in this novel as Emily reflects on all aspects of her life: her upbringing, marriage, and present-day relationships with her adult children. She cares for her aging dog, mourns the loss of members of her social circle, acknowledges her own failings both emotional and physical, and plans for her legacy. Being a pragmatic and organized sort of person she goes about all of this methodically, but the emotional impact is unavoidable – both for Emily and the reader. This is a beautifully written novel.
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lauralkeet | 51 andre anmeldelser | Jul 7, 2024 |
It took me a few chapters to ease into the slow pace of this novel, but once I had I delighted in Henry's every day adventures as I walked with him the streets of Pittsburgh and the cottage in Chautauqua. The details and intimacy felt like an invitation to walk into Henry's shoes: his likes, dislikes, foibles and fears. I definitely felt like I knew him despite a certain distance. The world's dramas, including his family's, seem to circle him as he refuses to be drawn into them: perspective gained from old age or fear of emotion? Henry is definitely old school where the home and feelings are women's work.
The ending is beautifully done, gentle and restful with a tint of regret. This book is definitely a reminder to be present to every moment.
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Cecilturtle | 13 andre anmeldelser | May 3, 2024 |
I have enjoyed Stewart O'Nan's work for many years so it was a disappointment that [Ocean State] was so -- lackluster -- to put it gently. Teenagers, teenage romance, jealousy, violence, family, single moms, sisters - and I often enjoy those themes, but here it was just flat. A couple sparks, but then nothing.

Everyone is entitled to a couple duds, so I am looking forward to O'Nan's next time around.
shearon | 21 andre anmeldelser | Apr 27, 2024 |



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