2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
(Crown, 2014, 272 pages)
2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino covers the lives of three people in Philadelphia in a 24 hour period. There is Madeleine Altimari who is a cigarette smoking 9 year old who aspires to be a jazz singer. Her mother is recently deceased and her father cannot deal with his grief over the loss of his wife. There is Lorca who may be about to lose his jazz club, The Cat’s Pajamas. Then, there is Sarina Greene who is Madeleine’s teacher who has recently returned to Philadelphia after a divorce. These three lives intertwine so they all end up at the jazz club, The Cat’s Pajamas, at 2 A.M. on Christmas Eve.
2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas was interesting and different from what I normally read. I enjoyed the story, but I was sometimes confused by it. At times, the characters would have flashbacks or imagine things that weren’t really happening. It took me a little while to realize what was happening. This book captures your attention almost immediately and is a quick read. Even though you only see 24 hours in the lives of these characters, you feel like you know them and what turns their lives will take.