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AFTER THE PARTY
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
It has been 11 years since Jewell’s debut novel, Ralph’s Party. This sequel revisits familiar, beloved characters and catches up with their lives since the previous book ended. Although the conclusion is positive, the rest of the tale is bogged down with mundane real-life and stale relationship details. All of the lighthearted fun of the first book is lost in this dreary story.
Jem Catterick and Ralph McLeary fell in love after Ralph finally convinced her his love was real. Eleven years and two children later, Jem is returning to work and Ralph is floundering, trying to figure out where his life should go next. After a week-long trip to California to sort things out, both Jem and Ralph have doubts about their relationship and themselves. Will they be able to go forward together, or will they ultimately be better apart? (ATRIA, Aug., 452 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Melissa Parcel
Published: August 2011