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Marie-Helene Bertino


Marie-Helene Bertino

Marie Helene-Bertino is the winner of the Iowa Short Fiction prize and Pushcart Prize. An Emerging Writer Fellow at New York's Center for Fiction, she has spent six years as an editor and writing instructor at One Story. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Brooklyn.

Books by Marie-Helene Bertino

by Marie-Helene Bertino - Fiction, Literary, Literary Fiction

Madeline Altimari, a smart-mouthed, precocious nine year old, is an aspiring jazz singer mourning the death of her mother, and on the morning of Christmas Eve Eve, she is determined to find Philadelphia's legendary jazz club The Cat's Pajamas, where she will make her debut. On the same day, Madeline's fifth grade teacher Sarina Greene is nervously looking forward to a party that will reunite her with her high school love. And at the Cat's Pajamas, club owner Lorca discovers that his beloved haunt may have to close forever. As these three lost souls search for love, music and hope on the streets of Philadelphia, they discover the possibility that their lives could change in one magical moment.