The After Party

The After Party

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"A vintage version of 'Gossip Girl' meets bigger hair." -- The Skimm

"DiSclafani's story sparkles like the jumbo diamonds her characters wear to one-up each other. Historical fiction lovers will linger over every lush detail." -- People

One of the Best New Books for Summer 2016 - Good Housekeeping
One of the 3 Beach Reads You Won't Be Able to Put Down - O Magazine

From the bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls comes a story of lifelong female friendship - in all its intimate agony and joy - set within a world of wealth, beauty, and expectation.

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 wants her; every woman wants to be her. Devoted to Joan since childhood, Cece Buchanan is either her chaperone or her partner in crime, depending on whom you ask. But when Joan's radical behavior escalates the summer they are twenty-five, Cece considers it her responsibility to bring her back to the fold, ultimately 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.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781594633164
Branch Call Number: DISC
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 05, 2018

Being from Houston- this book seems like almost a knockoff of the life of Joan Robinson Hill... coincidentally her best friend was also named Joan- imagine that!

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.

ArapahoeTiegan 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.

Oct 03, 2016

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

ArapahoeKati 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.

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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