All City: A Novel

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“Alex DiFrancesco’s All City walks a razored line between hope and hopelessness, never forgetting that only a few are privileged to have a surfeit of the former. This is a harrowing and powerful love letter to a city on the edge of a slow apocalypse, and to the people that city–and the world–threatens to leave behind as it moves against the rising tide of an uncertain future.” –Indra Das, Author of The Devourers 

“Alex DiFrancesco’s All City provides a vivid, all-too-realistic glimpse into our climate-
change future. Portraying the best and worst of what makes us human, the novel celebrates community-building, survival, and the possibility of hope, while criticizing the institutions that actively work to divide us. It is a rallying cry worth echoing.”
—Ilana Masad, author of All My Mother’s Lovers

 

“In this warm and lovely novel set in a near-future New York battered by climate change and gentrification, DiFrancesco (Psychopomps) braids together art, power, crisis, and community organizing…this loving, grieving warning thoughtfully traces the resilience, fragility, and joy of precarious communities in an immediate, compassionate voice.”

– Review of All City at Publishers Weekly

“Alex DiFrancesco’s All City is a small miracle. Set in a storm-ravaged near-future New York City, it is that rarest of novels, one that begins as an unrelenting nightmare, then dares us to feel greater and greater hope as it goes on. It’s about building a community amid the wreckage of what came before and about the choices we must make when there are no good choices to be made. A fiercely empathetic tour of a disaster most of us don’t realize is already here, All City is a novel everyone concerned about the health and survival of our cities must read.”

-William Shunn, author of The Accidental Terrorist

All City engages the near future in New York City—a future we cannot help but imagine and fear—a city under water. A city whose heightened inequalities give way to complete chaos. The novel hits close to home, with a cast of characters who respond by producing a little utopia, amid a lot of dystopia, as they navigate the water, the chaos, and their relationships. Survival swirls together with loss, giving readers cold—and clammy—comfort.”

-Alexandra Chasin, author of Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger’s War on Drugs

“I was mesmerized by this story about the tragic collision of global warming and capitalism, and how love creeps in to sustain and nurture, even when it’s been reduced to a memory.”

-Mary Adkins, author of When You Read This