By Marie-Helene Bertino
A fascinating and staggeringly unique debut novel approximately sooner or later within the lives of 3 unforgettable characters
Madeleine Altimari is a smart-mouthed, rebellious nine-year-old who additionally occurs to be an aspiring jazz singer. nonetheless mourning the new loss of life of her mom, and taking care of her grief-stricken father, she doesn't discover that at the eve of Christmas Eve she is ready to have the main amazing day--and night--of her lifestyles. After bravely dealing with down mean-spirited classmates and rejection in class, Madeleine doggedly searches for Philadelphia's mythical jazz membership The Cat's Pajamas, the place she's made up our minds to make her on-stage debut. at the similar day, her 5th grade instructor Sarina Greene, who's simply moved again to Philly after a divorce, is nervously anticipating a cocktail party that would reunite her with an previous highschool overwhelm, afraid to wish that sparks could fly back. And throughout city on the Cat's Pajamas, membership proprietor Lorca discovers that his liked hang-out can have to shut without end, until an individual can have the opportunity to quick elevate the $30,000 that may retailer it.
As those 3 misplaced souls look for love, track and desire at the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia, jointly they are going to become aware of life's unending chances over the process one magical evening. A vivacious, fascinating and relocating debut, 2 A.M. on the Cat's Pajamas will seize your middle and feature you giggling out loud.
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