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All City
A Novel
By (author): Alex DiFrancesco
9781609809393 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic Jun 18, 2019
$23.95 CAD
Active 5.51 x 8.25 x 0.67 in | 0.61 lb 272 pages Seven Stories Press
In a near-future New York City in which both global warming and a tremendous economic divide are making the city unlivable for many, a huge superstorm hits, leaving behind only those who had nowhere else to go and no way to get out. Makayla is a twenty-four-year-old woman who works at the convenience store chain that’s taken over the city. Jesse, an eighteen-year-old, genderqueer, anarchist punk lives in an abandoned IRT station in the Bronx. Their paths cross in the aftermath of the storm when they, along with others devastated by the loss of their homes, carve out a small sanctuary in an abandoned luxury condo. In an attempt to bring hope to those who feel forsaken, an unnamed, mysterious street artist begins graffitiing colorful murals along the sides of buildings. But the castaways of the storm aren’t the only ones who find beauty in the art. When the media begins broadcasting the emergence of the murals and one appears on the building Makayla, Jesse, and their friends are living in, it is only a matter of time before those who own the building come back to claim what is theirs. All City is more than a novel, it’s a foreshadowing of the world to come.

Alex DiFrancesco is well known in LGBT literary spaces. Uses pronouns “they” and “them.” #ownvoices

One of the first works of fiction to comment on the effects of both climate control AND gentrification of major cities

Tackles issues of homelessness and how class, sexuality, gender, and race can all influence someone’s state of well-being when disaster strikes

Takes place in a near future NYC, illustrating that the events in the book can very well happen in our lifetime

Alex DiFrancesco has published fiction in the Carolina Quarterly, the New Ohio Review, and Monkeybicycle. They are a winner of Sundress Academy for the Arts’ 2017 OutSpoken contest for LGBTQ+ writing. DiFrancesco’s nonfiction has appeared in the Washington Post, Tin House, Longreads, and Brevity, and was a finalist in Cosmonauts Avenue’s inaugural nonfiction prize. Their storytelling has been featured at the Fringe Festival, Life of the Law, the Queens Book Festival, and The Heart podcast. DiFrancesco is also a skilled bread baker and pastry cook, a passionate activist, and has a small, wonderful cat named Sylvia Rivera-Katz.

Author Residence: Cleveland, OH

Author Hometown: Pennsylvania

Marketing: Galleys available, including e-galley on Edelweiss

Mailing to speculative fiction programs, representation at Sci-fi and Fantasy conferences

Social media interaction with other lgbt sci fi writers and Blurbs TK from same

Library Marketing

Featured title at ALA



Publicity: Readings in Chattanooga, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Lincoln NB, Minneapolis, Detroit, Scranton PA

Targeted galley mailing to sci fi and lgbtq media

Blurbs sought from Claire Vaye Watkins, Siddartha Deb, Jenny Offill, and others.



Author Website: alexdifrancesco.com/

Author Social Media: @DiFantastico

“This loving, grieving warning thoughtfully traces the resilience, fragility, and joy of precarious communities in an immediate, compassionate voice.” Publishers Weekly

“The novel is a very astute critique of wealth disparity… nimble prose and complex characters, which feel shockingly familiar.” Lambda Literary

“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

“At last, a future New York novel with heart and heft. A hammer blow aimed at the present and its shiny display of bougie hipster climate capitalism. Read it!” —Siddhartha Deb, author of The Beautiful and the Damned

“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

“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

“Alex DiFranceso’s new book is set in the near future, but some may find it a bit too near for comfort. After New York City is devastated by climate change, gentrification and capitalism and then engulfed by a superstorm, several survivors, including genderqueer anarchist Jesse and convenience store worker Makayla, try to make their way in this new reality—which could be our own sooner than we realize if we don’t heed this warning.” Ms. Magazine

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