2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas

A sparkling, enchanting and moving debut novel featuring three unforgettable characters and their unlikely connection on one fateful night.


Madeline Altimari is a smart-mouthed, precocious nine year old who also happens to be an aspiring jazz singer. As she mourns the recent death of her mother, she doesn’t realize that on Christmas Eve she is about to have the most extraordinary day—and night—of her life. After bravely facing down mean-spirited classmates and rejection at school, she doggedly searches for Philadelphia’s legendary jazz club The Cat’s Pajamas, where she is determined to make her on-stage debut. On the same day, Madeline’s fifth grade teacher Sarina Greene, who has moved back to Philly after a divorce at thirty, is nervously looking forward to a dinner party that will reunite her with an old high school crush, afraid to hope that sparks might fly again. And across town at the Cat’s Pajamas, club owner Lorca discovers that his beloved haunt may have to close forever by the end of the night, unless someone can find a way to save it.

As these three lost souls search for love, music and hope on the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia, together they will discover possibility in one magical moment. A vivacious, charming and completely unique debut, 2 A.M. At The Cat’s Pajamas will delight readers on every page.