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2 a.m. at The Cat's Pajamas

Bertino, Marie-Helene.

Ready to throw your eggnog at me? Ok, here goes. I am not fond of holiday stories.

That said, I loved this smart and quirky tale set on the day before Christmas Eve. It follows three lonely souls (and a dog with wanderlust) through the streets of Philadelphia. There’s Madeleine, the feisty nine-year-old who can really sing; Sarina, the teacher with love troubles; and Lorca, the owner of the Cat’s Pajamas jazz club. All three eventually meet up like instruments in a spectacular finale at the club’s closing time.

A perfect read for fans of Jennifer Egan, Karen Russell, and anyone else seeking a fresh take on the magic that surrounds the season. **previously published in the Waterloo Region Record, Dec 13/14

Laura (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)