2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas

2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas

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A sparkling, enchanting and staggeringly original debut novel about one day in the lives of three unforgettable characters

Madeleine Altimari is a smart-mouthed, precocious nine-year-old and an aspiring jazz singer. As she mourns the recent death of her mother, she doesn’t realize that on 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 Am At The Cat's Pajamas will capture your heart and have you laughing out loud.

Title:2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas
ISBN:9780804140232
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    2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas Reviews

  • Shaunterria

    This book almost lost me at first - I just couldn't get into the different storylines and the omniscient point-of-view felt kind of obnoxious. After I let my ego go, and stopped trying to predict wher...

  • Maya Panika

    I have very mixed feelings about this novel. The writing is exciting, quirky, poetic, original and touched with beautiful, poignant, throwaway observances. At times it made me think that the author wa...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This book was sheer delight! I loved how the author portrayed children as having unique and strange personalities and desires, and also their own internal lives.Madeleine was a great character, learni...

  • Lindsey Rey

    [3.5 Stars]...

  • David

    This is a pure, winter comfort read that belies the pain and loss at the heart of the story. Madeleine Altimari is living in a cockroach infested apartment with a father nearly comatose with grief aft...

  • Michelle

    I wanted to love this book, and there were times when I encountered certain phrases that so perfectly described a thought or an action that I felt as though the author had a lock on my experience of t...

  • lucky little cat

    Jazz musicians, teacher and pro-bono-lawyer do-gooders of all stripes, and an almost-lovable jerk of a child prodigy (who's havinga No-Good Very Bad decade) all converge at Philly's legendary Cat's Pa...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Precocious nine-year-old Madeleine Altimari is mourning the recent death of her mother and has no idea how extraordinary Christmas Eve is about to be!  The aspiring young jazz singer has dealt with r...

  • Celeste Ng

    Marie-Helene Bertino's novel about a 9-year-old aspiring jazz singer named Madeleine unfolds in language that's like jazz itself: lithe and liquid and surprising. Three separate storylines--one Madele...

  • Colleen

    Do you ever wonder if, as life goes on, we're going to run out of ideas for stories? Does it seem like a lot of the books out there are too similar? I don't think that'll happen--the world is constant...