2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'm not sure how I feel about the way in which the author played with the conceit of this being set during one 24-hour period: too much of the book was spent in flashbacks to explain the current action. It also felt a little too crowded with characters, three major and a few minors that felt intrusive because we got too many POVs.
Having said that, it was an interesting look at what was probably the last night at The Cat's Pajamas, a jazz club in Philadelphia. The main characters' lives intersect here, with Madeline (and her dead mother) as the connective thread. Why Madeline's last singing performance went so badly is never answered, but ultimately that doesn't matter. There are no truly happy endings here, just a lot of ambiguity as to what will happen the next day, or the next week.
ARC provided by publisher.