2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas

2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"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" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780804140232
0804140235
Characteristics: 261 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Two A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas

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Einer2
Nov 22, 2017

It made me feel better that others were also confused by the ending. It seemed to come out of no where. Not sure how the loose ends would have been tied up otherwise but it seemed to come out of left field. Would love to go to a reading and have the author explain what I and others seem to have missed.

CRRL_MegRaymond Oct 03, 2017

Madeleine has a dream. She is going to make her singing debut at The Cat’s Pajamas jazz club. If she can find it. She’s only nine, and not really allowed out after dark, but since her mother died, her father doesn’t seem to know if she’s around. Or not.

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411ninja
Jan 10, 2017

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 Madeleine's, one her teacher's, and one of the hard-up owner of the jazz club The Cat's Pajamas--converge at 2 AM. But interwoven with these three main plotlines are many smaller strands, like little riffs and improvisations mingling with the melody. The result is a charming confection of a book, sassy and funny and sweet. There is a small subplot near the end (you will know it when you get there) that goes off the rails and I don't understand the point of it. I would recommend this book to people who are interested in character driven novels.

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mhaner02
Jun 04, 2015

This is one of those books that I might have to go back and read closer to pick up things I have missed. It followed several characters in the course of a day/night and how all their lives connect. Quick read and interesting story. I am still not sure about one part of the ending, but I liked the book overall.

chulsey May 26, 2015

Perfect in every way. Stunning, inventive language that mirrors improvisational jazz, a vividly drawn, almost magical setting, and characters that worked their way into my psyche and melted my heart.

BensonSRP1 Feb 24, 2015

a 9 year old girl gets to play piano at the Cat's Pajamas!

LaughingOne Jan 11, 2015

Just not my kind of book. It was disjointed, there were so many characters it was hard to keep track of them, it was not believable. Felt like a waste of time because, yes, I did read the whole thing.

LPL_KateG Dec 19, 2014

A fast and engaging read that weaves several narrators together into a charming day-long story. There were many times that I chuckled aloud at Bertino's wit. I zoomed through this one in a day, would recommend just in time for Christmas Eve-Eve!

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maipenrai
Oct 03, 2014

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campingmomma
Sep 03, 2014

I have to say I would really give this book 3 1/2 stars. I didn't just like it, I liked it a lot. 2 a.m. at The Cat's Pajamas was really three stories within a story. The first story of young Madeleine Altimari is the story from which all other stories stem. She is a 9 (almost 10) year old whose mother has recently died from cancer and is looked out for by several neighbors because her father is too wrapped up in the loss of his wife to care for her properly. Madeleine wants to be a jazz singer and practices her singing daily.
The story of Madeleine's fifth-grade teacher Sarina Greene, recently divorced and starting a new life in Philly, is the second intertwining story. And the last story is about Lorca, owner of a failing jazz club, The Cat's Pajamas where Madeleine aspires to sing one day. The book follows the lives of these three characters on Christmas Eve Eve.
The prose was excellent in this book. It was a free flowing and engaging read. I will say while the author did tie in all of the numerous characters in this book well I did find myself having to look back a few times to remember how they fit in as there were so many of them. I am a little sad the jazz references were lost on me as I'm sure they made the book a more enjoyable read. Lastly, I was a little confused with the ending involving one of the secondary characters. I wish someone could explain it to me, but it would result in a spoiler and wasn't necessary for me to understand and enjoy the rest of the book.

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