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This quirky debut novel by Marie-Helene Bertino is just the right mix of despair and optimism. Set in downtown Philadelphia, the story unfolds the morning of Christmas Eve Eve and follows the interconnected lives of three charming but flawed characters over the next 24-hours. There’s Madeleine, a smart-mouthed and talented nine-year-old who recently lost her mother; Sarina, her newly divorced fifth grade teacher; and Lorca, the forlorn owner of the once legendary jazz club The Cat’s Pajamas. The events of the day gradually weave the characters closer together until they finally intersect during one unforgettable late night rendezvous at the city’s #2 jazz club. 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas packs both heart and punches and is sure to delight readers and book clubs alike.
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Where does 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
2 AM at The Cat's Pajamas is one of my favorite audiobooks so far.
What was one of the most memorable moments of 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas?
When Madeleine tells off the principal. I love that little girl. Kudos to the author for writing a child who is complex, lovable and hilarious. We can pretend that children are innocent little cherubs, but the majority of them are not.
What about Angela Goethals’s performance did you like?
In the beginning, I found Goethal's performance to be a little heavy handed-- she's very dramatic. However, as I got to know the characters, I began to enjoy her style and equate her voice with Serena's character. Goethal's style is particularly suited for the more poetic passages in the book, which I really enjoyed.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Lorca struggles with the spectrum of his emotions as he listens to his son perform.
Any additional comments?
I generally listen to audiobooks during my commute. The exceptional ones find me sitting in my car in the driveway, unable to turn them off. This one made it to the kitchen table, the garage, the bathroom, etc. I only wish it hadn't ended so fast.
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