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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2016 Anton DiSclafani (P)2016 Penguin Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By ss200 on 05-18-16

still waiting.....

I'm on chapter 20, still listening because the narrator is good and I'm still waiting to find out what the plot of the story is... well, maybe that's not fair - I'm just not invested in the characters, if J doesn't turn out to be a psychotic drug addict OR if C doesn't stop being a whiny girl & grow up ----- then? it feels like I'm reading a 16 year old's diary..... but worth a listen if you like diaries (& the narrator is good - the writing is good too, but I'm halfway through and still waiting for the meat of it.....)

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1 out of 5 stars
By Yolanda Stiger on 05-20-16

So repetitive that it is infuriating

Would you try another book from Anton DiSclafani and/or Dorothy Dillingham Blue?

Probably not

Has The After Party turned you off from other books in this genre?


Would you be willing to try another one of Dorothy Dillingham Blue’s performances?


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The After Party?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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