Reviews

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“Alex DiFrancesco packs a ton of insight into this slim essay collection, writing frankly about their years spent figuring out their identity, navigating complicated relationships, surviving mental illness, and contending with the often overwhelming desire to abandon everything and just disappear. Most compelling, though, is DiFrancesco’s work toward finding evidence of connections between them and others in the trans community — both presently and in the past.”

— Arianna Rebolini on Psychopomps at BuzzFeed Books

 

“…one of the most heartbreaking collections I’ve read…”

–Andrew Byrds, on Psychopomps in Entropy

 

“Alex Difrancesco’s Psychopomps is an incisive and important essay collection.”

Largehearted Boy

 

“DiFrancesco feels deeply, but passes their emotions off as casual. The book is about loves and losses, connections and longing, social justice, and heartbreak.”

The Lower East Side Librarian on Psychopomps

 

” The world and characters are perhaps a bit realer than is comfortable, and gets even realer when it gets further into the metaphorical than the actual world would normally allow. Regardless, it has a serious pull, an undertow, that rips the reader right along. The Devils That Have Come to Stay is a fascinating book with some riveting writing.”

–PANK

 

“Difrancesco’s acid Western is an intriguing combination of Jack London and Stephen King.”

–Historical Novel Society

 

“[Alex] DiFrancesco harkened back to the acid Westerns of the ’60s and ’70s with a dose of magical realism thrown in for [their] novel, The Devils That Have Come to Stay, a strange tale of gold fever and greed.”

–The Old West, Circa 2015, NoveList

 

“In [their] starkly beautiful, poetic novel The Devils That Have Come to Stay, [Alex] DiFrancesco takes us into a dark and violent world that only gets darker with each turn of the page.”

–Small Press Picks

 

“A newer talent which does reveal the scaffolding of the writing process is that of [Alex] DiFrancesco in “The Chuck Berry Tape Massacre.” The account of mother love swamped by mental illness, child neglect, singing, and rock ‘n’ roll unfolds through discrete scenes that the reader pieces together only gradually. Despite surreal juxtapositions, jerky movement, and painful scenes, DiFrancesco finally bestows on [their] characters redemption and even immortality. [They] communicate the tragedy of human suffering.”

-New Pages