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The After Party by Anton DiSclafani
Historical fiction

The After Party

by Anton DiSclafani

Quick take

Examines a complex female friendship under the confines of 1950s Texas high society.

Why I love it

Did you ever have a friend who you couldn't help but envy? That person who handles everything so flawlessly, looks so amazing, and shines so brightly that men (and women) continually gravitate towards her? For Cece, that person is Joan Fortier, her friend since childhood in the tony River Oaks neighborhood of Houston, Texas (think perfectly manicured lawns, the smell of gin and hairspray, large diamond rings...cue J.R. Ewing). Now in their mid-20s, they lead very different lives - Cece the happily married mother, and Joan the footloose bachelorette whose party lifestyle is beginning to careen out of control. Set amidst the highly ordered world of garden clubs and debutante balls, this immersive and richly detailed story by the bestselling author of The Yonahlosse Riding Camp for Girls examines a complex female friendship under the confines of 1950s Texas high society.

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Member ratings (144)

  • Kellie R.

    Houston, TX

    Houston Texan native here who enjoyed reading about the upper class folks of a by gone era. The story rings so true that you can't help but feel for the women in the novel. Worth the read!

  • Tammi R.

    Grove City, OH

    Great story of women and their relationships. How much do we ever know of someone else's life? Super quick, enjoyable, and though-provoking!

  • Michelle J.

    Morton, IL

    A story of two girls and their relationship told in flashbacks, worth the read. An interesting look into 1950's Dallas life.

  • Caroline F.

    Fairfield, CT

    Evocative of the early 60s and the push-pull love between childhood girlfriends. Phenomenal, page turning read.

  • Amy C.

    Irasburg , VT

    This book....... all in the details. You can smell the scenes from the page.