2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas

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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.

A torch song to the power of jazz, determination and serendipity . . . Bertino's carefully crafted verbal cadence gives Philadelphia a thumping heartbeat that captures the feel of the jazz medium perfectly. Her characters' lives combine, diverge and riff off of each other like solos traded between musicians in a well-oiled jazz ensemble . . . Bertino does an excellent job of showing that jazz and all its varied forms remain as vibrant and descriptive of the human experience today as ever . . . Balancing whimsy and reality is clearly one of Bertino's gifts . . . [With] her instinct for pushing the boundaries of probability into the realm of the small miracle . . . Bertino never puts any of the magic out of the reach of everyday people. Funny and wise, this first novel will leave readers with smiles on their faces and a song in their hearts - something with a little swing to it, naturally.
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Bertino's characters are spot-on, and her special brand of humor brings each one to life in this fresh and charming tale.

About Marie-Helene Bertino

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. For more information, please visit her website: www.mariehelenebertino.com.

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