2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS: A Novel ~Marie-Helene Bertino
“GIRLS, thinks Ben. Flutelike, gauze-filled, late-afternoon sunshine. Rainbow bracelets on the carpet. They use their tongues to wet their lips. Girls. They pretend to like each other. Dotting their i’s with hearts, arching their backs, manipulating their confusing hair with flat irons, curling irons, glisten, extra, ultra hold, hold my purse, hold me close, no duh, bubble gum, gym socks, tube socks, tubes of gloss, tube tops, purrs, pert collars, full hair, full tits, just the tip! Their sound, the upper notes of an xylophone. Their legs, downed in fur, Girls.
“The one from Ben’s Advanced Lit class says, ‘That dress is vintage. You can totally tell.’” (From location 66% on unproofed Kindle Copy- highlighted)
2 A.M. At the CAT’s PAJAMAS is a unique and driving debut novel that I am sure will capture your imagination and turn the pages not “even” fast enough for your desire of finding out what happens next. Do not even think about speed reading this book, because you will miss the magic and delight captured within every word on the page. It is wonder FULL and does not miss a beat, you will be sorry if you do not know this book; you will want to share this with you friends right away even if the speed confuses you – I am sure you will read it again to capture the whole experience.
Philadelphia on Christmas Eve Eve at 7am in the morning, we are introduced to nine year old Madeleine Altimari practicing her shimming and heading off to her last day of school before the holiday. Madeleine is an amazing little girl and her mother has recently died of cancer; her father has given up and just sits in a chair listening to music. Madeleine just wants to sing, she is anticipating making and tasting her first caramel apple at school and that which starts out as an okay day goes from cockroaches to worse, until the most amazing experience of a lifetime becomes hers.
Serina Greene is Madeleine’s fifth grade art teacher and she has just moved back to Philadelphia after a divorce. She is re-connecting with high school “friends” this evening for a dinner party. She is apprehensive about the event when she discovers Ben her high school prom date will be attending. Serina’s father has abandoned her also just a few days before that prom.
Lorca is the current owner of the CAT’s PAJAMAS the second best jazz club in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. He has just a few hours to come up with $30,000 to pay off the fines against the club and keep it open. He is having troubles with his 16 year old son who wants to play jazz guitar with the Cubanistas the current band of the establishment.
The quirky and interesting other characters in the story just keep arriving at the correct moments in time and then are all pulled together by “all that jazz!” The reader will want to get to know each and every one.
2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS is a unique and sparkling novel which will refresh and release your spirit.
You and I will have to discover Bertino ourselves…She is winning awards and Oprah approves of this book!
TLC online book tours ent me an unproofed copy of this book for review on my Kindle. Wow, am I very happy that they did – What a sweet treat. Thank you
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