The After Party
By Anton DiSclafani
- Release Date: 2016-05-17
- Genre: Fiction & Literature
The After Party Anton DiSclafani Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
"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
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.
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User reviews about this book
Waste of time
The description of this book sounded interesting so I thought I would give it a try. This was a big mistake. The protagonist is a borderline psycho. Her obsession with her friend goes back-and-forth like a 10-year-old. Both characters were so annoying and unbelievable that it made me laugh.
I did not want this book too end! I read it in like two days, i could not put it down. Now i want a story told from Joan’s perspective!!
No real plot
I finished the book because I had already invested enough time in it that I didn't want to put it down. However I had a difficult time understanding where exactly the plot was going. There are two friends-one who works hard to maintain the friendship and the other who seems to not work hard at anything at all. All of this is set against high society Houston in the 1950's, bringing with it all the societal norms of the period. There is potential to be explored, but generally I was left wanting for more out of the book.
A relaxing read!
This book was perfect for a summer read, very well written and relaxing! All about a friendship between two very different women, written in the perspective of one!
Hard to finish
Just awful. Stylized penny dreadful, drags on interminably then descends into a laugh out loud bad mess of soap opera type melodrama with bizarrely written,robot like characters, making hilarious ( unintended) speeches to tie up the long long long boring loose ends of a comatose plot. Dont waste your dough.
Loved the characters
I was sad when the book ended. The author is so gifted at developing these rich, endearing, flawed characters.
This is a goooooooooood book
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