By Marie-Helene Bertino
A fascinating and staggeringly unique debut novel approximately someday 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 hot demise of her mom, and taking good care of her grief-stricken father, she doesn't detect that at the eve of Christmas Eve she is ready to have the main outstanding day--and night--of her existence. 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 decided to make her on-stage debut. at the comparable day, her 5th grade instructor Sarina Greene, who's simply moved again to Philly after a divorce, is nervously looking ahead to a cocktail party that might reunite her with an outdated highschool overwhelm, afraid to pray that sparks may well fly back. And throughout city on the Cat's Pajamas, membership proprietor Lorca discovers that his liked hang-out could have to shut eternally, except an individual can be able to fast elevate the $30,000 that may shop it.
As those 3 misplaced souls look for love, tune and wish at the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia, jointly they're going to notice 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 catch your center and feature you giggling out loud.
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