NOMINATED FOR THE 2014 PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE

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.

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.

We All Sleep in the Same Room: A Novel

by Paul Rome

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.

Rare Bird Books, A Barnacle Book
Paperback, 2013: 9780985490294
US $14.00 | Fiction
Also available in ebook formats

Tom’s story is really about New York itself, about its uniquely vexing beauties and pitfalls, its snares and lures…Written in frank and uncompromising prose, We All Sleep in the Same Room is a study in concise characterization…A subtle, inexorable and disquieting crescendo.
Gabriel Tomasulo, Tottenville Review
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
Paul Rome is a writer and coffee shop manager. He has written for The Huffington Post, PEN America,The Minetta Review and Mercer Street. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

Paul Rome is a writer and coffee shop manager. He has written for The Huffington PostPEN America,The Minetta Review and Mercer Street. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

Paul Rome is a writer of fiction and performance literature. He has written for The Huffington PostPEN AmericaThe Minetta Review, and Mercer Street. 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.” He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he manages the Wyckoff Starr coffee shop. 

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
 

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