The After Party and Other Book Recommendations

May 7, 2016 | 2 comments

This month I have two good book recommendations to bring to you including The After Party by Anton DiSclafani which I just know is going to stick with me for a while. I mean, I stayed up til 2am on a weeknight just to finish it. That’s a big deal because I love my sleep and I don’t handle life well on only 4 hours of sleep. That book though? It was worth it even if it was a crazy ride.

This month I also decided not to bother telling you about the clunkers I didn’t love. You can friend me on GoodReads if you want those. 

Let’s get to it…

The After Party by Anton DiSclafani

I received a copy of The After Party by Anton DiScalfani from Edelweiss a few weeks ago but due to their terms I had to hold off on telling you about this book until the month it releases. Now that I can talk about it – go read it! The friendship between the two Joan’s (one who was called by her middle name Cecilia) is so intense, it borders on obsession and stalking. Joan Fortier is a beloved socialite and CeeCee, wealthy in her own way, takes it upon herself to be Joan’s constant companion, protector, and everything. 

When Joan returns to Houston after a year away in Hollywood, CeeCee becomes obsessed with learning every single thing that happened while Joan was gone. She continually prioritizes Joan over her husband, her child, and her friends. It was both extremely sad, and annoying. Her obsession with Joan was destroying everything around her and she couldn’t see it. The whole time I was reading this book I was just pleading with CeeCee to let Joan destroy her life and go home to her family. In those final pages of the book I just…wow CeeCee. Just, wow.

It’s just a great book. The big secret was kind of predictable but still, the way it unfolded I loved. It seemed so fitting and I love having that intimate moment in that intense friendship. You really should read this one.

Book review of The After Party by Anton DiSclafani

A Modern Journey

I requested a copy of A Modern Journey by Derek Turner from NetGalley for one reason – I liked the cover. I requested it before I even read the synopsis or looked to see which genre it was listed under. I had no idea what the book was about but I was in a book hangover after reading Behave by Andromeda Romano-Lax and I thought, “Oh, this looks pretty!” Once I read the book synopsis I wasn’t sure that I had made a wise decision.  

I pretty much expected to hate the book after I saw “otherwordly encounter”, “bizarre religion”, and that whole last paragraph. I expected it would be a total mess, but I was wrong. It wasn’t a perfect read and it definitely isn’t in my top books of the year but I did enjoy it. It ended up feeling like a tongue-in-cheek satire of religion and the conflicts in Ireland (the book takes place in Dublin). 

Ambrose is certainly an odd duck but an interesting type of character that I found myself enjoying. 

The cover that had originally enticed me to request the book ended up feeling completely out of place. The vibe of the cover and the hook of the book don’t really fit so I didn’t get the story I expected. The story I read was funnier than expected. The mesh of religion and new age zealots with talk-show hosts and socialites is humorous and it kept me reading just because the interactions were so outlandish at times. 

It’s social commentary at its finest although it isn’t anything like I expected. See it here.

Book Review: A Modern Journey by Derek Turner