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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So repetitive that it is infuriating
I am on chapter 8, and I just can't listen anymore because I Cannot hear the word Joan one more time. The narrator is completely obsessed with character we don't even know. It's like, "Air, Joan loves breathing air. I have watched Joan breathe for days. Has Joan ever watched me breathe? Joan is constantly on my mind. Joan is everything. Joan knows that I am constantly watching her.
I am a native Houstonian, and I really wanted to like this book, but it's just about a narrators obsession with an aloof girl.
- Yolanda Stiger