The After Party (Paperback)

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Set in Houston in the 1950's, The After Party concerns two childhood friends, Joan and Cece. Joan and Cece have done everything together since their days at River Oaks Elementary, and by the time they are attending Lamar High School, they are known about town. Nights of partying ensue, mainly at the Cork Club in the legendary Shamrock Hotel. Joan is exceptionally beautiful, but it's more than that. She exudes charisma, and Cece just wants to be in her sphere--part sidekick, part chaperone, as it turns out. Though she appears to have all she could ever need, Joan is constantly restless and runs away during her senior year. Joan's parents say she's gone to Hollywood to be a star, but when Joan returns later, she is sadder and wilder than ever. Even once Cece is married to kindhearted Ray and has a son, she is devoted to (obsessed with?) Joan and rushes out to be with her whenever called.
Disclafani, author of The Yonahlossee Riding School for Girls, weaves a tale of friendship, secrets, and self-discovery. Those of us from Houston will love the many references to familiar locales and, yes, even the heat at five o'clock in the morning!

— Cynthia

June 2016 Indie Next List

“The real star of The After Party is the novel's setting: 1950s Texas, where wealthy housewives and Junior League debutantes rule the social landscape. At the center is Joan Fortier, an unconventional bachelorette who is not content to sit on the sidelines -- or to stay in Houston. Joan's attitude causes conflict with her childhood best friend, CeCe Buchanan, and their relationship falters, exposing insecurities in both women. Fans of DiSclafani's first novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, will not be disappointed by this well-written, engaging new work.”
— Annie B. Jones (W), The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA


"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.

About the Author

Anton DiSclafani is the author of the nationally bestselling novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls. She was raised in northern Florida. From the Hardcover edition.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399573187
ISBN-10: 0399573186
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: May 16th, 2017
Pages: 400
Language: English