The After Party is set in River Oaks in 1957, and is full of Houston Landmarks (River Oaks Elementary, The Shamrock Hotel, The Avalon Diner). Cece's devotion to her friend childhood friend Joan is intense and usually causes complications in her own life. She knows she can count on two things. Joan will always be the center of attention, and Joan will disappear again. Cece's near obsession with Joan stirs up old secrets and old resentments. DiSclafani nails the complications of our oldest friendships in a novel as lush and rich as the Houston neighborhood where it takes place.
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.