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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“Exceptional literary experience... Calypso provided for a colorful adventure of a three-dimensional narrative, and all it took were two men on stage to create the magic. That’s art.” —Katarina Hybenova, Bushwick Daily

"[Calypso] sparkled with intelligence, clever writing, sharp satire and an often hilarious send-up of the classics of our canon...[Rome's] monologues glistened with sophistication and wit[...]Menzies, spoke with a refreshing earnestness about his innermost desires, pains and loves." —Joe Winkler, Volume 1 Brooklyn

"If you love listening to stories on the radio, or podcasts, or having someone close read to you, imagine an environment that allows you to completely dive into and get absorbed by the story you’re hearing. Imagine also the added energy of the people around you sharing the same experience and the people on stage focused into delivering that experience in the best way possible. It’s a real treat." —Lucas Green, WNYU Citywide

"It’s striking how [Menzies’] score, along with Rome’s measured sentences, captivates and immerses the auditory cortex[...]Calypso is certainly a New York City story, but the references (the bands, the bikes, the bánh mì and bubble tea) are not just insider humor; they constitute a level of ethnographic detail. This sort of color might even play better to outsiders, as the absurd traditions of ancient Greece do. If there’s an ethnographic truth in the details, maybe it’s this: Forgive us New Yorkers, for we have a way of presenting our lives as DIY tragedy. It’s the only way to live on this barren archipelago, toiling at the feet of Olympus. And the catharsis feels so good." —T. Paul Cox, Hyperallergic

"The most awaited event of the Bushwick spring!" —Bushwick Daily

“Writers are doing amazing things on the audio sharing service SoundCloud. You can follow Penguin Books, which has a great new podcast, or fiction writers like Paul Rome, whose stories are set to music and feature a character who is bullied out of Bushwick after he writes a satirical novel about its art scene. (Our protagonist keeps getting tofu cream cheese on his bagels and suspects resentful baristas are to blame.)” —From Staff Picks: Bookshop Door, Thinking Fast and Slow by Artie Niederhoffer, The Paris Review Daily

“Writing that dazzles; [Paul] Rome’s calculated and sometimes dramatically erudite formulations, in Rome’s unassuming and quiet, yet commanding monotone, are delightful.” —From Return of the Radio Play: The TFT Review of Paul Rome’s The You Trilogy by Robert Tumas, The Faster Times

"The combination of the music from Roarke Menzies’ production, very well written fiction by Paul Rome, the setting of the gallery and the fact that both Paul and Roarke are excellent readers, made Calypso a very different reading than I am used to going to." —From Calypso @ Storefront by Katarina Hybenová, The Outlet

"STOREFRONT was packed to the rainy threshold and glowed with laughter, undiminished in its enthusiasm from last year’s Bushwick Starr feature. The stories were of love misplaced and misunderstood, of relationships betrayed by distant islands - Trinidad, Ogygia - and their resident doppelgängers. What so engaged the audience, however, were the simpler delights of spot-on characters, with [Roarke] Menzies delivering the uncomfortably believable confessions of a Columbia student (riding a tandem down to Chinatown for banh mi and bubble tea) and [Paul] Rome playing Penelope as a frustrated contemporary, a Marge to Odysseus’s Homer." —From Calypso: No Man is an Island by Paul Cox, BushwickBK

“The audio play was divided into two parts the first being the sad love story of two Columbia students and the second being a retelling of The Odyssey from Penelope’s perspective. The two stories were intercut together and both were backed by Roarke Menzies’ haunting music! I particularly liked the retelling of The Odyssey […] Before the reading started [Menzies] performed a short piece where he recorded his own vocals live then layered them to produce a chilling effect! It’s definitely something that needs to be seen live!” —From Calypsos at “ROAR”FRONT in Bushwick! by T-Rex, T-Rex NYC

"Paul Rome is a name that just keeps coming up around Bushwick, and we’re always glad to hear it. He writes a mean story and puts on just as good of a show." —From And Once Again: Rome on the Radio by Paul Cox, BushwickBK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985490294
  • Publisher: Rare Bird Books
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 656,395
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (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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