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2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
  

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A story of lonely people converging on a jazz club, The Cat’s Pajamas, just before Christmas. It is a quirky, feel-good tale, all written in the present tense including the back stories. With lots of short bits of repetition the pace varies giving a rhythm, very jazz like. The characters are all odd misfits centring on a girl about to be ten with a lovely voice, a 16-year old lad who plays a wonderful guitar, an art mistress and her possible love (if they have the courage) and many more. The girl has recently lost her mother and is minded by Mrs Santiago who runs a café and has a wandering dog. Now they are an interesting pair who certainly surprised me at the end, see what you think.

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2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

Madeleine Altimari is a sassy, smart-mouthed nine-year-old and an aspiring jazz singer, inwardly mourning the recent death of her mother. Little does she know that on Christmas Eve Eve she is about to have the most extraordinary day - and night - of her life. After bravely facing down some mean-spirited classmates and a galling 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. Meanwhile, her fifth grade teacher Sarina Greene is nervously looking forward to a dinner party that will reunite her with an old high school crush. And across town at The Cat's Pajamas, club owner Jack Lorca discovers that his beloved haunt may have to close forever ...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, 2am At The Cat's Pajamas will swell your heart and have you laughing out loud.

About the Author

Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of Safe As Houses, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, and has received numerous accolades for her short stories. Originally from Philadelphia, she now lives in Brooklyn. 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas is her first novel

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Publication date

20th November 2014

Author

Marie-Helene Bertino

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
256 pages

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Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781447254447

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