“A curse: a solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power. DiFrancesco’s memoir, Breaking the Curse, invokes power and summons the occult’s beauty as touchstones for the reader. It is its own spell, its own grimoire, its own invocation: a séance for souls whose voices are not remembered, not cared for, not HEARD. “In another universe,” DiFrancesco chants—let this be a manifestation for those in communities who need reassurance that their lives and bodies exist and matter, and let DiFrancesco’s words resound as a powerful promise that despite, despite, despite; resilience exists and it is alive within these pages.”
“I see this world as few others do," writes Alex DiFrancesco, and thank goodness for that. In their memoir, Breaking the Curse, DiFrancesco offers readers a mesmerizing vision of this world and the workings of trauma, gender identity and magic within it. A spell-binding work.”
“A phenomenal memoir that excavates deep into emotions, Alex DiFrancesco’s Breaking the Curse is a testament to resilience about belonging and identity. DiFrancesco writes with raw honesty about their struggles and trauma, shame, and violence as well as recovery and hope. There is a whole life assembled in every chapter than some live in a lifetime. At once heartbreaking and shaking with life, Breaking the Curse is brave, powerful, shining a light out of the darkness in a way few books dare to be.”
“"In an act of magic and divine intention, DiFrancesco exquisitely recounts the nonlinear process of an extraordinary feat of healing. With a roar of pain that demands acknowledgement, they rise above seemingly insurmountable trauma, bypassing the heart-crushing constraints of community and familial wounds to find ancestral healing, forgiveness, and sacred purpose.
Their remarkable capacity to summon truth, self-discovery, and divine connection as an idiosyncratic, independent act of will serves as a powerful source of inspiration for all who have ever felt disconnected from the fundamental human desires we all share: community, family, safety, and spirituality.”
“Breaking the Curse takes us to the edge and keeps us there in this beautifully crafted memoir. A detailed and intimate journey that takes us through the misogynistic and transphobic realities women and nonbinary people face when they stand up to power, the system, and their rapists. I felt like I needed to light cedar and sage to honor the words, the story, and the incredible path toward healing. Alex takes us to a deeper place I can only describe as a soul’s passage, recovering from male violence, the culture that protects it, and the wisdom of women and trans people who have known better for centuries. Sometimes magic is needed to heal where mortals fail.”
“Between the people who hurt us and the people we hurt along the way, between falls and recoveries, we have to build our own practices for finding peace. In this generous and magical book on living with trauma—part memoir, part grimoire—Alex DiFrancesco serves as an unflinching guide to that work.”
“Alex DiFracesco's searing account of misdiagnosed trauma, their spiritual trials through harmful systems (family, health, and otherwise), and their emergence emulates post-traumatic growth. Their writing is hauntingly authentic and their metaphors make lasting imprints. Breaking the Curse helps you believe that healing can be both magical and messy, where trauma chooses a path for them and then they manage to forge one with the guidance of their ancestors. It is both profoundly hopeful and menacingly raw.”