2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas is by Marie-Helene Bertino. A wonderful Christmas story about a group of lost souls seeking to find themselves in the snow covered streets of Philadelphia on December 23rd. Madeleine is a nine-year-old girl who wants to sing jazz. Her mother is dead and her father has isolated himself after the loss of his wife. She is cared for by a group of neighbors all of whom knew her mother. Across town Lorca owns a jazz club called the Cat's Pajamas which has fallen on hard times. He is ticketed by the police and must raise $30,000 to keep his club open. He must also deal with an estranged son, a girlfriend who left him, and his house band who live in the club during the day. Madeleine's school teacher, Sarina, is newly divorced and is nervous about meeting an old flame at a party. Madeleine's school principal takes her dislike of Madeleine's dead mother out on Madeleine. All of these wounded people meet up at 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas and Christmas magic happens. A Reader's Corner Highly Recommended Read.
Ratings: Adult - 10 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content).