In the Rooms: A Novel

In the Rooms: A Novel

by Tom Shone
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In the Rooms: A Novel by Tom Shone

Part Nick Hornby, part Jay McInerney, with a dash of vermouth, In the Rooms is a warm, sharply observed comedy about sex, lies, drinking, and second chances

London literary agent Patrick Miller comes to New York dreaming of joining the big league, only to find himself selling celebrity dog books. But when he spots legendary novelist Douglas Kelsey on the street and follows him into an AA meeting, a world of opportunity beckons. Who knew that sobriety offered such networking possibilities? Or that the women would be so attractive? Soon he's a regular attendee at AA meetings, but there's only one problem—he's not an alcoholic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429960526
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 511 KB

About the Author

TOM SHONE is a former film critic for the Sunday Times. He has written for Talk magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and the London Telegraph. He lives in New York City.


Tom Shone is a former film critic for the Sunday Times. He has written for Talk magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and the London Telegraph. His book, How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Summer, was published by Free Press in 2004. In the Rooms was his first novel. Educated at Oxford, he lives in New York City.

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In the Rooms 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Hardisty More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful read! Smart, funny, wise, and set in New York City....everything I could ever want from a comic novel. Plus, great characters and totally original story. I couldn't stop reading and finished in a weekend!
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Peter Ward More than 1 year ago
If you have been in recovery a while, you will get this. Very funny, Englsh guy in NYC , is it a geographical? Twists and turns before bottoming. Complete with drunk authors, gorgeous understanding women and others that make up the fellowship. Very funny!
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Following a nasty end to a relationship and his work tanking, publisher Patrick Miller flees London for New York. Patrick moans the fate of British expatriates around the world as he toasts London until he spots the literary legend Douglas Kelsey. The man's first novel made him the top American writer of his generation, but leading with his chin Kelsey got into a battle with his publisher and seemingly vanished. Knowing how easily Kelsey rages, Miller needs a ploy to meet the man. He stalks Kelsey until he finds the opportunity when the writer enters an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Miller follows him pretending to be an alcoholic so that he can make first contact and hopefully renew his publishing career. This is an amusing tale that is at its best when it focuses on the changing relationship between the two "alcoholics" as the British expatriate is on a mission to publish the American author's next book. The story line is rapid fire stand up comic humor that gels nicely when the lead couple takes center stage. The plot loses some of its lampooning of Anglo-America when the tale turns to the changing relationship between Patrick and Lola as that feels more of a requirement though in fairness well written and funny. Fans will relish the jocular British invasion as Patrick sadly muses that he is a victim of the "Sun never sets on the British Empire". Harriet Klausner