The After Party by Anton DiScalfaniThe After Party by Anton DiSclafani
Pages: 384
My Rating four-stars
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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.

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.

I received a copy of The After Party by Anton DiScalfani from Edelweiss a few weeks ago but due to their terms I had to hold off on telling you about this book until the month it releases. Now that I can talk about it – go read it!

The friendship between the two Joan’s (one who was called by her middle name Cecilia) is so intense, it borders on obsession and stalking. Joan Fortier is a beloved socialite and CeeCee, wealthy in her own way, takes it upon herself to be Joan’s constant companion, protector, and everything. It’s overwhelming at times and there were moments where I wasn’t sure which Joan I was more concerned about. 

When Joan returns to Houston after a year away in Hollywood, CeeCee becomes obsessed with learning every single thing that happened while Joan was gone. She continually prioritizes Joan over her husband, her child, and her friends. It was both extremely sad and annoying. Her obsession with Joan was destroying everything around her and she couldn’t see it. The whole time I was reading The After Party I was pleading with CeeCee to let Joan destroy her life and go home to her family. 

I don’t know what to say about the events that occurred during the final pages of the book. In those final pages, I was left feeling…wow CeeCee. Just, wow.

The After Party is a great book. The big secret at the end was predictable but still, I loved the way it unfolded. It seemed so fitting and I love the intimate moment in that intense friendship. If you’ve been thinking about it, you really should read this one.