2 a.m. At The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino (Picador) ISBN 9781447254423
Madeleine is almost ten. She has lost her mother and her father has become a recluse. She is a lonely child who has to fend for herself.
The one talent Madeleine has that makes her happy is the one she is not allowed to do at school. All is not lost, though, as Madeleine has an opportunity to show her talent, and find her purpose.
There are other important people in Madeleine’s life who have their own challenges to deal with: her unofficial Godmother, Mrs Santiago who is widowed; her dog Pedro who adores freedom; her teacher, Miss Greene who is still not over her childhood crush; and the school principal who had a rivalry with Madeleine’s late mother.
Mr Lorca, the owner of The Cat’s Pajamas, has personal problems. His girlfriend leaves him, his son despises him, and he has business problems related to the club’s management. The book takes place over 24 hours. It culminates at the live music club, The Cat’s Pajamas, after midnight two days before Christmas.
This book is elegant, refreshing and eloquent. I enjoyed the humour and sensitivity.