The social elite of 1950s Houston are highlighted in DiSclafani’s second novel. She tells the story of lifelong friends Joan and Cece who have been friends since they were toddlers. The novel spends a great deal of time talking about the social dynamics of a group of young ladies and their intersecting lives between the ages of 18 and 25. The novel delves into the dynamics of Joan’s and Cece’s friendship. Cece believes herself Joan’s truest friend, confidante and protector of her reputation, but as the years unwind and Joan’s behavior turns more erratic, Cece puts her marriage at risk through her obsession with her friend. The novel honestly began to irritate and bore me until about the last 75-100 pages when the twist is revealed that made the book more interesting overall. I wouldn’t recommend it as a must read.
Recommended with Reservations — slow start, too much background description, but satisfying to a degree in the end.
Review Submitted by: Sandi Hauenstein
Rating: Recommended with Reservations
Challenge: Published in 2016