From the nationally best-selling 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, blond, 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 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.
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Cece needs to grow a pair
A more developed main character and plot! Cece is cloying, clingy and pathetic...and not in a way that is remotely interesting. If you cared more about her as a character you'd want to shake some sense into her, but all I was left with was the desire to shout "Oh please shuuuut up!" Ultimately, the characters are flat and boring.
Her voice was pleasant enough and she did a passable job at distinguishing each of the characters from each other, but I found myself almost nodding off more than once. Riveting it was not. I don't know if the bulk of the blame can be placed on the narrator, or if the author is at fault.
There wasn't a salvageable character in the bunch
The only element that kept me going until the end was the description of historical Houston and the lifestyle of the characters - the parties, the clubs, the fashion.
- Kristin Denae Smith