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Marie Helene Bertino s novel about a 9 ear old aspiring jazz singer named Madeleine unfolds in language that s like jazz itself lithe and liuid 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 Death Goes Shopping yup 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 For me this novel was a very mixed read I uickly fell in love with nineear old Madeleine a motherless child whose father is sunk into himself with grief Madeleine is used to taking care of herself she is foul mouthed very determined and her only wish is to sing in public Strange things happen when she sings and i really wish this she sings and I really wish this would have been fully exploredThe secondary stories and characters I did not find as compelling with the exception of the dog whose thoughts and antics made me smile All stories and characters are joined together on Christmas Eve Although set in the present day this reminded me a bit of the old jazz novels the discussions of music and an old guitar and a jazz club holding on by a threadThere is much to like in story prose is solid although there were things that I felt confusing and could have safely been left out of the Madeleine though was such a vivid character she alone was worth the full price of admission The title is brilliant and is what drew me initially to this book The ending was a little strange and I am not sure exactly what it is supposed to mean Precocious nine ear old Madeleine Altimari is mourning the recent death of her mother and has no idea how extraordinary Christmas Eve is about to be The aspiring oung jazz singer has dealt with rude classmates a school suspension and an absent father Now it s time for her to track down the jazz club The Cat s Pajamas for her on stage debutOn the same night Madeleine s fifth grade teacher Sarina Greene is dodging her ex husband and taking a chance by going to a dinner party with some old friends including her high school crushAcross town at The Cat s Pajamas the owner has just been issued a hefty citation that puts the future of the club in jeopardyThese three main characters lead us on a journey through Philadelphia and many supporting characters connect the stories together in a charming and hilarious way I adored the back stories humor and character authenticity that made this a surprising and magical story that I ll definitely want to re read in future Christmas seasonsI highly recommen. 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 ear old and an aspiring jazz singer As she mourns the recent death of her mother she doesn’t realize that on 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 scho.

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D 2 AM at The Cat s Pajamas to readers who love contemporary holiday stories full of charm and uirky charactersFor reviews Pajamas to readers who love contemporary holiday STORIES FULL OF CHARM AND UIRKY full of charm and uirky reviews wwwrootsandreadswordpresscom Jazz musicians teacher and pro bono lawyer do gooders of all stripes and an almost lovable jerk of a child prodigy who s havinga No Good Very Bad decade all converge at Philly s legendary Cat s Pajamas jazz club Resistance is futile ou ve got to see what destiny has in store Don t believe me Look what the author has suirreled away at the end of the acknowledgements then try to imagine how much charm is packed into the rest of the bookFinally to Thomas Everett Dodson best dressed Best Man Who As A man who as a boy wore his Superman costume underneath his clothes in case anyone needed rescuing You say Thunder Voice (Sam Keaton: Legends of Laramie you don t wear it any Tedet every day I see it This is a pure winter comfort read that belies the pain and loss at the heart of the story Madeleine Altimari is living in a cockroach infested apartment with a father nearly comatose with grief after the death of his wife Jack Lorca is on the verge of losing his jazz club not to mention the tenuous relationship he has with his son Sarina Greene is divorced and lonely in a new city But the language that ushers each of them inexorably to the Cat s Pajamas is dazzling and light Musicians arpeggiate through the park and flurries somersault reconsider and double back The writing is sharp and wry and imbued with a sparkling touch I wanted to love this book and there were times when I encountered certain phrases that so perfectly described a thought or an action that I felt as though the author had a lock on my experience of the world That being said I found this book very confusing There are several characters that I was interested in and felt connected to Their stories were interlaced with other short vignettes dealing with minor players who I didn t feel advanced the story in any way I enjoyed Madeline the nearly ten ear old aspiring jazz singer and her colorful and irreverent language and Sarina the teacher who is unlucky enough to love an unavailable man but I was unmoved by Lorca the owner of the Cat s Pajamas and his son Alex who made up the other half of the story I don t feel the conclusion was satisfying to any of the characters I don t think that a book has to be tied into a neat package but the events of the magic hour at the club and what tran 35 Stars This book was sheer delight I loved how the author portrayed children as having uniue and strange personalities and desires and also their own internal livesMadeleine was a great character learning about life by learning from her mother but. Ol 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 disc. ,

Also following her own passion despite being banned from performing at school I love the Lorcas and the sadness of a failing business I love the principle and her life apart from school I Love Sauvine Who I Have Sauvine who I have mixed feelings about this novel The writing is exciting uirky poetic original and touched with beautiful poignant throwaway observances At times it made me think that the author was trying to write like Kerouac and maybe that was the case given that the rhythms of jazz pervade the narrative and the heroine is a jazz aficionado and aspiring singer The characters are unusual not terribly likeable for the most part There is no sole protagonist most of the tale revolves around Madeline a complicated damaged toilet mouthed ten ear old smoker jazz lover and aspiring singer There are reasons for Madeline s complexities domestic difficulties no child should have to cope with they didn t make her likeable but she was never boring Other characters are much less fascinating Madeline s lonely teacher Sarina was sympathetic but not that interesting Lorca and Sonny and Alex The Cubanistas and all the motley cast who inhabit The Cat s Pajamas a jazz club fallen on difficult times couldn t engage me and Madeline s unofficial carer Mrs Santiago was just plain dull until the end when she becomes really weird I mean what happened at the end does anyone know That came completely out of left field and unless it all has some profound and clever meaning that whisked over my head it wouldn t be the first time it completely threw me out of The Groove It Ruined groove It ruined ending for me left me feeling confused and bemused and thinking that was very silly but not in a good way rather than happy and inspired All in all a bit of a curate s egg For all its faults I definitely I recommend it it s not just another face in the crowd and that in a world filled with new books that feel like Wretched Moments you ve read them before is well worth a few hours ofour reading time This book almost lost me at first I just couldn t get into the different storylines and the omniscient point of view felt kind of obnoxious After I let my ego go and stopped trying to predict where the story was going because I was sure I knew EXACTLY what was going to happen next I found myself falling in love with the characters the plot the city 2 AM at The Cat s Pajamas is not for readers that take themselves too seriously but it is for bookish folk that can allow themselves to be pushed pulled dragged along through a magical tale of a day and a night in the life a motherless girl a teacher a run down nightclub a dog I needed to read this and I am so glad I did. Overs that his beloved haunt may have to close forever unless someone can find a way to uickly raise the 30000 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 Estimating centrifugal compressor performance your heart and haveou laughing out lou. ,

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