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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 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.
"Marie-Helene Bertino bops across Philadelphia like an alleycat on the run, energetic and wild. Her sentences are sharp and surprising, and her wonderful story is full of heart. There is funny poetry in the sound of loneliness, and Bertino has found it." --Emma Straub, author of "The Vacationers "and "Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures" "Clever, charming and full of life...Like the best jazz, "2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas" is a marvel of the unexpected, a buoyant, swinging tale of interwoven destinies that Marie-Helene Bertino tells with verve, wit, and warmth. I loved it." --Maggie Shipstead, author of "Astonish Me "and "Seating Arrangements"" ""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, National Book Award shortlisted 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"
Number Of Pages: 272
Available: 5th August 2014
Weight (kg): 0.57