2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas delightfully describes the lives of three separate characters, while creating deep anticipation for how will intertwine in the end. This debut novel by Marie-Helene Bertino delicately depicts three largely isolated individuals, each with a few of their own rough characteristics, yet you find yourself enjoying the realism and being drawn into the honesty of their stories.
While I was initially befuddled by the conclusion of the novel, I soon realized it kept me thinking and pondering the underlying meaning of each character and the story as a whole. I recommend reading the Extra Libros notes (included at the end of the copy I read) to gain insight as to Bertino’s significance of the patterns evidenced in her characters and the intended overall themes of the text. I had a renewed appreciation for the final outcome after reading this author interview.
My only true grievance against 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas is the fact that there is a bit of vulgar language and dispassionate romance scenes that I don’t personally feel contributed meaningfully to the storyline.