I received a free copy for my honest review.
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This book defies category and description. I don’t even know how to begin to review it. It’s rather amusing – I’ve mentioned before that I take my books for review as they come to me and some have been in my calendar for months and some have only been listed for a couple of weeks and yet they still manage to align in a weird order of similar books in a row! This is one of three back to back that defy genre.
Madeline is a 9 year old girl living with a father so overcome with grief at the loss of his wife that he does not leave his bed not caring that Madeline has also lost her mother. She is left to live in a house full of roaches and only thanks to the care of the neighbors does she survive. Her mother was a jazz singer and Madeline longs to follow in her footsteps and she is determined to sing!
The story opens on Christmas Eve eve and Madeline might just get her chance to sing thanks to a horrible accident but it does not come to pass. Her teacher tries to nurture her a bit but she is newly divorced and back in her hometown and feeling a bit insecure.
Madeline learns of a jazz club, The Cat’s Pajamas and she also finds out that her mother once sang there! She is determined that she will sing on its stage – no matter that she is 9, no matter that she has to cross the city. She doesn’t care – she is going to sing!
There is more. A LOT more but it’s better you find it out for yourself. This is probably the strangest book I’ve ever read. I think that much of it went right over my head, the ending included (no pun intended.) It’s a book that needs a second or even third reading I suspect to fully and completely understand what is going on. That is not to say that I didn’t enjoy it because I did. It was a refreshing change from the ordinary.
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