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We All Sleep in the Same Room: A Novel

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Where do you go when you've done everything right? Tom Claughlin, a forty-something labor lawyer, has spent his life fighting an unwinnable war. A husband, recent father, and longtime advocate for the noble New York City workforce, he plunges himself into every case—a school teacher threatened with deportation, a former receptionist haunted by abuse—even as they bring him intimately closer with the firm's newest hire: Jessie, a winsome young legal assistant.

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Overview

Where do you go when you've done everything right? Tom Claughlin, a forty-something labor lawyer, has spent his life fighting an unwinnable war. A husband, recent father, and longtime advocate for the noble New York City workforce, he plunges himself into every case—a school teacher threatened with deportation, a former receptionist haunted by abuse—even as they bring him intimately closer with the firm's newest hire: Jessie, a winsome young legal assistant.

We All Sleep in the Same Room pans between the victories and flirtations of a Times Square office, and the tiffs and tenderness of a Union Square home. A simmering psychological bender, Paul Rome's debut offers a tale of moral erosion and collapse over the course of four fateful months in the fall of 2005.

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Longlisted for the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction

"A powerful debut by a writer who has almost preternaturally insightful things to say about all that is... Rome echoes Paul Auster in his clean, well-lighted prose… A cultivated style that is beautiful in its understated elegance — sculptural even."
— Michael Abolafia, HTML Giant

"A New York novel… all the more memorable for its originality… it touches upon the dark places of dreams and memory, or the oddness of observing and interacting with strangers in a large city."
— Kristen Felicetti, Electric Literature

"The story of We All Sleep in the Same Room takes us through merely four months, but has enough incident for a lifetime. This book is a powerful symphony of melancholy and wisdom."
— Howard Norman, author of The Bird Artist

"Lyrical and haunting... the debut of an important voice."
— Adam Wilson, author of Flatscreen

"Raw, spare… eerily calm… like watching storm clouds roll in over midtown: the blue between the buildings goes gray-black, the traffic lights seem to grow brighter, the hard rain is felt even before it falls."
— Justin Taylor, author of Flings

"Rome revels in some genuinely sinister imagery... exquisite, exacting."
— Justin Hickey, Open Letters Monthly

"A book which stands comparison to The Ice Storm, Disgrace and Revolutionary Road… As in real life, no one is completely at fault, or completely innocent."
— Catherine Murphy, Bookivorous

"Rome writes with the maturity of a seasoned novelist and the energy of a brilliant first time author. I could not put it down."
— Dawn Skorczewski, author of An Accident of Hope

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985490294
  • Publisher: Rare Bird Books
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 493,669
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Rome is a writer of fiction and performance literature. His work has been described by The Faster Times as “writing that dazzles,” by Bushwick BK as “endearingly neurotic,” and by Volume 1 Brooklyn as “sharp satire” that “glisten[s] with sophistication and wit.”

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