"The After Party" by Anton DiSciafani is the captivating novel about 1950's Houston, the Haves, if you will. Cece and Joan are the best of friends all through their childhood until Joan changes without warning. Cece is more than just friends with Joan; she is obsessed to the point where she is asked repeatedly if she is in love with Joan. But she is more than that; worships would be a better word. Joan is a life long obsession that Cece can not stop worshiping.
The book is indeed captivating and well written, however, there seems to be little plot other than the obsession of Cece with Joan. About half way through it I wondered if this would be it. Eventually the novel takes a sharp turn and reveals the tragedy behind Joan's erratic alcoholic behavior. I received this book in exchange for a review from www.firsttoread.com.