The After Party

The After Party

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"From the nationally bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls comes a story of 1950s Texas socialites and the one irresistible, controversial woman at the bright, hot center of it all. Joan Fortier is the epitome of Texas glamour and the center of the 1950s Houston social scene. Tall, blonde, beautiful, and strong, she dominates the room and the gossip columns. Every man who sees her seems to want her; every woman just wants to be her. But this is a highly ordered world of garden clubs and debutante balls. The money may flow as freely as the oil, but the freedom and power all belong to the men. What happens when a woman of indecorous appetites and desires like Joan wants more? What does it do to her best friend? Devoted to Joan since childhood, Cece Buchanan is either her chaperone or her partner in crime, depending on whom you ask. But as Joan's radical behavior escalates, Cece's perspective shifts--forcing one provocative choice to appear the only one there is. A thrilling glimpse into the sphere of the rich and beautiful at a memorable moment in history, The After Party unfurls a story of friendship as obsessive, euphoric, consuming, and complicated as any romance"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2016
ISBN: 9781594633164
1594633169
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 24 cm

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vivica1000
Nov 08, 2016

So redundant! I thought it was good overall - it kept me going but man oh man was it the same over and over. Great loyalty of the main character but if I had known the end I would have never picked it up.

AL_TIEGAN Oct 26, 2016

An interesting book about a friendship between two women who had known each other since childhood. I think it gives a wonderful lesson in that while you may know someone your whole life, you will never truly know everything about them. Everyone has their secrets and those secrets affect how they behave and the choices they make. I truly couldn't have predicted the reveal, but it certainly put the entire story into perspective once it was explained.

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SaturdayLibrarian
Oct 03, 2016

I loved this book! 1950s Houston elite society. Families, friendship, and secrets.

AL_KATI Aug 03, 2016

Haven't read Anton DiSclafani yet? You are missing out! Her character development is out of this world. I read this in a day because I couldn't stop.

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msp_pier
Jun 23, 2016

The After Party is a coming of age story about two girls, best friends, in the 1950’s in oil-rich Texas.

We have Joan; beautiful, rich, all the boys want her, all the girls want to be her. Her best friend Cece, not as rich, not as pretty, but important all the same because she’s Joan’s best friend.

Joan has never lived by society’s expectations, in an era where women were seen and not heard, where they were debutantes, where they married straight out of HS, Joan stands out. And Cece has always been her partner in crime, or someone to help clean up her messes.

As they get older, however, Joan’s behavior becomes more and more scandalous and Cece, now married, is starting to wonder whether her friendship with Joan is real, or if she’s just Joan’s “handmaiden.”

Anton DiSclafani’s description of the 50’s in the socialite world of Texas was captivating and I couldn’t put this book down. I loved it. I loved all of the characters and the relationship between Joan and Cece.

As I was reading, I knew that something big was going to happen and I wasn’t disappointed.

The story is mysterious and intriguing. If you’re a fan of Historical Fiction, I highly recommend it.

PimaLib_SueJ Jun 08, 2016

I only made it half way through this book, since it was redundant. Joan was in Houston, then left. Then she came back and left again. All the while Cece, her friend, stood by her. True friendship, I suppose, but very one-way.

athompson10 May 30, 2016

A look at a fraught friendship in the 1950s among the rich social set in Houston. I got frustrated with Cece's endless excuses for Joan's behavior and a bit disbelieving that Joan could exhibit such self-destructive and irrational behavior without someone diagnosing mental illness and/or addiction and having her committed. Would a young woman behaving that way in those times really be permitted to continue acting out without being squashed by the strength of her family's influence, power and money? The big reveal of Joan's secret is a little unrealistic (the scope of the secret and how much went into keeping it). For me this was an interesting story but not terribly true to life.

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