2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas

2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas

3.45 (7,307 ratings by Goodreads)
3.45 (7,307 ratings by Goodreads)

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An enchanting and staggeringly original debut novel about one day in the lives of three unforgettable characters
Madeleine Altimari is a smart-mouthed, rebellious nine-year-old who also happens to be an aspiring jazz singer. Still mourning the recent death of her mother, and caring for her grief-stricken father, she doesn't realize that on the eve of Christmas Eve she is about to have the most extraordinary day--and night--of her life. After bravely facing down mean-spirited classmates and rejection at school, Madeleine doggedly searches for Philadelphia's legendary jazz club The Cat's Pajamas, where she's determined to make her on-stage debut. On the same day, her fifth grade teacher Sarina Greene, who's just moved back to Philly after a divorce, is nervously looking forward to a dinner party that will reunite her with an old high school crush, afraid to hope that sparks might fly again. And across town at The Cat's Pajamas, club owner Lorca discovers that his beloved haunt may have to close forever, unless someone can find a way to quickly raise the $30,000 that would save it.
As these three lost souls search for love, music and hope on the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia, together they will discover life's endless possibilities over the course of one magical night. A vivacious, charming and moving debut, "2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas" will capture your heart and have you laughing out loud.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 261 pages
  • 146 x 223 x 24mm | 376g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0804140235
  • 9780804140232
  • 1,875,700

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""2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas "is as winning and funny as the nine year-old at its heart, and I love it for the way its protagonists turn their back on their city's cruddiness and their own losses to proclaim their happiness to be in this world. They offer wryness as the antidote to self-pity and benevolence as the antidote to isolation, and they demonstrate how even the most forsaken can turn themselves into a warm, dry house." --Jim Shepard, author of "Like You'd Understand, Anyway"

""2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas" is a recipe box full of wonders. With a wildly entertaining cast of characters, Marie-Helene Bertino soars through her native city of Philadelphia, zeroing in with great beauty, wit, skill and love on the exact moments in time that change our lives forever." --Hannah Tinti, author of "The Good Thief"

"Once you enter the imagination of Marie-Helene Bertino--a world as weird as it is warm--you will not want to leave. Each sentence is a pop-up box: first delightful for its sweet music, then profound with the shock of truth. This is a dazzling book."--Eleanor Henderson, author of "Ten Thousand Saints"
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About Marie-Helene Bertino

Marie Helene-Bertinois the author of "Safe as Houses," winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Prize. An Emerging Writer Fellow at New York's Center for Fiction, she has spent six years as an editor and writing instructor at One Story. A Philadelphia native, she currently lives in Brooklyn.
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