Thursday, January 19, 2017

708 (2017 #6). The After Party

by Anton DiSclafani


I put this book on my wishlist because I'd seen it touted as historical fiction set in 1950s Houston.

It's set in 1950s Houston, but there's very little historical information in it.  Yeah, the main characters spend a lot of time at the Shamrock Hotel (although by 1957, it was the Shamrock Hilton), and they live in tony River Oaks, and they are filthy rich (in most cases from oil), but that's about it for historical context.  The setting really could have been anywhere.

This is the story of a dysfunctional relationship between two women who are 25 when most of the story takes place, in 1957.  Joan Fortier is beautiful, popular (especially with men), and mysterious.  Cece Buchanan (also named Joan, but never called that around her more illustrious friend), has a mother who dies when she is 15 and a father who moves away and marries his mistress.  She's taken in by the Fortiers, but the unspoken assumption of Cece and Joan's mother  is that Cece will "take care" of Joan.

Joan is a narcissistic b***h.  Cece is pathetic, obsessing about her.  I wanted to strangle both women.

Not recommended.

© Amanda Pape - 2017

[This e-book was borrowed from and returned to a public library.]

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