Synopses & Reviews
DiSclafani’s second novel following The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is an intriguing story about the complexities of female friendship and the intricate social hierarchy of Houston’s oil elite in the 1950s. In a world focused on glamor and status Joan Fortier has always been the center of attention but no one loves her as much as her best friend Cece. Friends since age five Joan and Cece share a complicated past. Told from Cece’s perspective the narrative cuts back and forth between 1957 when they’re in their mid 20s and their adolescence when Joan seems set up for the kind of privileged existence that Cece once assumed they both wanted—marriage a family and fancy parties. However Joan seems to want more. To Cece Joan seems vibrant and free but it’s not until later that she realizes no woman in this particular society not even Joan can completely escape the social limitations imposed by gender. The narrative sometimes succumbs to stereotypes but the social milieu—and the attitudes that these women alternately embrace and rebel against—is vivid and the relationship between Joan and Cece becomes increasingly compelling as the story progresses resulting in a most memorable read. Agent: Dorian Karchmar WME Entertainment. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"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 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.
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 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.