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Stewart O'Nan

Autor(a) de Last Night at the Lobster

39+ Works 9,394 Membros 594 Críticas 35 Favorited

About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos


Obras por Stewart O'Nan

Last Night at the Lobster (2007) 1,342 exemplares
Songs for the Missing (2008) 822 exemplares
A Prayer for the Dying (1999) 681 exemplares
Emily, Alone (2011) 671 exemplares
Wish You Were Here (2002) 524 exemplares
The Odds: A Love Story (2012) 453 exemplares
Snow Angels: A Novel (1994) 443 exemplares
The Good Wife (2005) 374 exemplares
The Night Country (2003) 364 exemplares
West of Sunset (2015) 358 exemplares
A Face in the Crowd (2012) — Autor — 325 exemplares
Speed Queen (1997) 304 exemplares
City of Secrets (2016) 205 exemplares
Henry, Himself (2019) 190 exemplares
Ocean State (2022) 171 exemplares
The Names of the Dead (1996) 166 exemplares
A World Away (1998) 135 exemplares
Everyday People (2001) 93 exemplares
In the Walled City: Stories (1993) 52 exemplares
A Face in the Crowd and The Longest December (2023) — Autor — 36 exemplares
A Good Day to Die: A Novel (1999) 14 exemplares
Monsters (2009) 13 exemplares
Cemetery Dance Issue 48 (2003) 4 exemplares
[unidentified works] 4 exemplares
Land of the Lost 3 exemplares
Ocean State (2022) 2 exemplares
Ocean State (2022) 2 exemplares
Poe (2008) 2 exemplares
Something Wicked (2004) 1 exemplar
Gaia's to y.s 1 exemplar
Di là dal tramonto (2022) 1 exemplar
Endless Summer 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Stories: All-New Tales (2010) — Contribuidor — 1,358 exemplares
Boston Noir (2009) — Contribuidor — 284 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourteenth Annual Collection (2001) — Contribuidor — 248 exemplares
Granta 54: Best of Young American Novelists (1996) — Contribuidor — 233 exemplares
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010 Edition (2010) — Contribuidor — 111 exemplares
Shining in the Dark: Celebrating 20 Years of Lilja's Library (2018) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
Halloween (2011) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
Pittsburgh Noir (2011) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
Obsession: Tales of Irresistible Desire (2012) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
Dark Screams: Volume Nine (2018) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
October Dreams II (Anthology) (2016) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Politically Inspired (2003) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Reading Stephen King (2017) — Autor — 19 exemplares
Detours (2015) — Autor — 14 exemplares
Cemetery Dance Issue 61 (2009) 11 exemplares
Killer Crimes — Autor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



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


At first, it was honestly hard to get into the plot of the story. It was so detailed on the ordinary in and out details of the story that I would often re-read to make sure that there wasn't something hidden in the mundane plot that I was totally missing. However, in the last 1/5 of the book, it starts to blossom into what the idea of aging is all about, accepting what you can't change, forgiving yourself for shortcomings that you don't mean to have, and enjoying life. I was actually thrilled that even though the ending alludes to Henry's death, that is not how the book ends. It ends with Henry still being enthralled with nature and life. This book is best summarized by the summary on the back of the book: "A member of the greatest generation looks back on the loves and losses of his past and comes to treasure the present anew in this poignant and thoughtful novel from a modern master." It reminds me of Garth Brook's song, "The Dance". "And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd have to miss the dance." I imagine most of us do not want to know how long we have to live or even how we will die. Dwelling on the ending takes away from the beauty of the middle and the end. I had full intentions at the beginning of only giving this book three stars because of the slow plot, but the last part of the book made up for it. Through the rambling thoughts of a 75-year-old man, we realize that we all take the same path of being attractive and having a fun life, just to settle down and enjoy family and the real meaning of living. Such a beautiful expression of life through a book! I was so glad I was able to read this.
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doehlberg63 | 12 outras críticas | Dec 2, 2023 |
Stewart O'Nan is an author I usually enjoy, but I didn't find this to be one of his better books. There are several narrators and/or pov characters who tell the story of a murdered teenage girl. The primary narrator is Marie, the younger sister of Angel, the teenage girl who with her boyfriend Myles murdered Birdie, another teenage girl. Most of the story is told from the perspective of teenage girls, although Marie and Angel's mother Carol also plays a part. The motive for the murder was ostensibly jealousy: Angel was jealous of Birdie and possessive of Myles, who was fooling around with Birdie on the side. However, we never get much of a glimpse into the mind of Angel. She was a good student, held down a part time job, and while her mother Carol was overworked and sometimes neglectful, she was never abusive and was doing the best she could. So I had a hard time being convinced that Angel had the personality and motivation to turn murderous.

The book was interesting for its depiction of life among working class families of Portuguese descent in Rhodesia Island. There's a lot about the lives and habits of teenagers on the cusp of adulthood in this milieu, which I was less interested in, although this was enough to keep me reading. Nevertheless I don't consider it a particularly successful book due to my failure to be convinced that Angel would actually murder someone.

2 stars
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arubabookwoman | 19 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |
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booklover3258 | 1 outra crítica | Oct 15, 2023 |
I have to be honest I read this book because it was short and a seemingly easy read. It was a rather pointless story IMO. I didn't care about the characters. I didn't care about the setting. It was the longest short book I've ever read because it was so insanely mundane. It wasn't even a good slice of life story because there was no life to any of them.
MsTera | 122 outras críticas | Oct 10, 2023 |



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