There Will Be Lobster by Sara Arnell | Book Review

There Will Be Lobster is a tragicomic memoir told in anecdotes, one of which is almost bound to resonate with every woman, whether it is from author Sara Arnell describing her self doubt at finding (and losing) professional success, her attempts to connect with her adult children and worrying what role she plays in their lives, or her exploration of natural and supernatural signs that don’t often land where she expects them to.

The chapters are short, well-written, even if slightly suspenseful bursts of reflection and Arnell’s stories run the gamut from dealing with a child’s illness to contemplating whether her cat indeed has multiple lives. Because of the very conversational tone of the book, there isn’t a lot of introduction to characters or placements or back stories, although Arnell does open the book with a bit of a memory (or lack thereof) involving a hangover and it doesn’t quite match the picture that the subsequent chapters paint. However, it is in these multiplicity of personas, these attempts and failures that we get to know the woman behind the memoir and Sara Arnell bares all for the reader, not just for voyeuristic show but to maybe connect with someone who needs to see another phoenix, to rise from her own pile of ashes. I appreciate the vulnerability with which she shares her moments of doubt and hope, the despair and yet determination with which she keeps going.

It was quite a journey experiencing these highs and lows along with the author and I highly recommend this memoir for readers who want to be motivated though their own crises.

Book Details

  • Title: There Will Be Lobster
  • Author: Sara Arnell 
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 164
  • Publication Date: July 20, 2021
  • Publisher: Savio Republic 


Publisher Synopsis

You know her. You’ve seen her. You may even see yourself in her.

If you’re arriving to the midlife crisis party—the one that’s serving low self-esteem, desperation, unreliable behavior, forgetfulness, carelessness, and the loneliness of loss—the stories and anecdotes in this memoir will assure you that you are not alone.

For Sara Arnell, it took a rogue lobster, a dying rock star, an eighteen-pound tumor, a meditation guru, a famous medium, and a former monk to put her on a path toward light, hope, and healing. If reading this book helps even one person, according to Sara, then telling this story is all worth it.

“Sara Arnell is the only writer I know who can make self-deprecation and wisdom look like the same thing. There Will Be Lobster is a darkly funny memoir with a big heart, and it’s the exact comeback story we all need right now.” —David Hollander, author of Anthropica and L.I.E.

“This book is a deeply personal story that’s not afraid to show you the crazy moments that we all have, but often don’t admit to. Read this memoir if you want to learn how honesty, vulnerability, and sheer perseverance can help you step into your light and illuminate a new path—one that is happy, healthy, and full of hope.” —André Leon Talley, author of New York Times bestseller The Chiffon Trenches and former Vogue editor-at-large

About The Author 

While working alongside acclaimed fashion icon Andre Leon Talley at Vanity Fair magazine in her mid-20’s, Sara was offered an opportunity to write a press release for fashion designer, Donna Karan, who was about to launch one of her acclaimed collections. This moment marked the beginning of Sara’s impressive thirty-year career in fashion, writing and advertising.

 Sara worked as Chief Strategy Officer at one of New York’s most renowned and successful advertising agencies, eventually rising to CEO. Under her long tenure, she broke new ground, winning awards and global recognition for her agency and its clients. She traveled the world, working with some of the best known and most beloved consumer brands such as Pepsi, Samsung, McDonalds and Goop.

Today, Sara is a Professor at The New School’s Parsons School of Design and continues to consult with the world’s top brands on marketing strategy and brand design. She regularly advises start-ups and entrepreneurs and has served on several boards for educational institutions. She is a sought after speaker and founder of Karmic, a platform for ‘what-you-do-comes-back-to-you’ ideas and advice. Sara has a BA from Skidmore College and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the mother of three children and one small poodle.



Note: I received a complimentary copy of There Will Be Lobster from the publicists, TLC Book Tour, in order to complete this review. I was not otherwise compensated and the above reflects my honest and unbiased opinion about the book.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sara Strand says:

    I mean, who can’t get into a memoir about a midlife crisis?! Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours


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