REVIEW: 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas


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.







I don't know where to begin with this book. And besides gushing like a fan girl, there isn't much I can say without giving away how magical this book is.

I was utterly enchanted. The cover/title caught my eye on Goodreads and I can't say if I would have found this book otherwise. I am so lucky. 

This book touched me profoundly. It is so delicately and beautifully written. It has make me into a movie written all over it. The characters are well developed and real, their lives intertwined and connected in surprising/touching  ways. The book and it's characters shine- you will laugh, and probably cry. The ending is a mixed bag but it is true to life.  I didn't want to say goodbye. Ms. Bertino is now on my auto buy list and this book is on my keeper shelf. 


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