Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America 2007
CD ISBN 978-0-7927-5045-1 $39.95 Three CDs
DD ISBN 978-0-7927-5140-3 $59.95
Restaurant manager Manny is good at his job but careless in his personal life. Then his Red Lobster has to close, and he must see it through its last day. A major snowstorm kills business, employees and liquor disappear, an unruly child vomits, and he must find a present for his pregnant girlfriend while stifling his feelings for one of his waitresses. Despite his flaws, Manny is a sympathetic character, and Jonathan Davis reads with appropriate sensitivity. Banter between employees, friendly or hostile, is delivered realistically as are encounters with picky diners and a Polish shop girl. In sum, Davis's narration captures O'Nan's almost poetic rendering of a few hours in a tawdry shopping center. This is a brief slice of life beautifully portrayed. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 08]
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