--Los Angeles Review of Books
"Alex Espinoza's vivid storytelling leads us through a hall of mirrors that's as fragmented and multifaceted as identity itself."
--Los Angeles Magazine
"A story undertaken with gusto, imagined with daring."
--The Washington Post Book World
“There’s a lot of action in this story…As a young Latino in Hollywood during the 1920s, Diego hopes to be the next sought-after leading man…Espinoza ties the locations and the historical action together well, reflecting the tumult in the political and social landscape of the first decades of the last century.”
--Historical Novels Review
"Espinoza shows how every gay man in this closeted era was a kind of actor, whether they worked in movies or not ... In telling the story of one fictional character, The Five Acts of Diego León invites readers to ponder the many real people in the past -- and even the present -- who have been forced to conceal their true identities, keeping secrets but sometimes channeling their hidden angst into art."
--High Country News
"The re-creation of Hollywood's golden era is vivid ... The dialogue is crisp, the characters are well-delineated, the story moves quickly."
“With its colorful narrative and historic sweep, The Five Acts of Diego León has both a story line and characters that a wide readership will surely enjoy.”
--Oscar Hijuelos, author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
“A story that begins in revolutionary Mexico and travels to Hollywood during the film industry's transition from silent films to talkies, The Five Acts of Diego León breaks greater silences—taboos of race and sexuality, of reinvention and assimilation—in a fantasy called Hollywoodland.”
--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street
"Fresh, surprising, and delightful. There is nowhere this gifted writer can't go."
--Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Hummingbird's Daughter
“An elegant, startling vision of a Mexican in America, The Five Acts of Diego León proclaims the ascendance of a unique new talent, Alex Espinoza—a Chicano in America certain to surpass the fame of his novel’s silent Hollywood hero. Espinoza takes our literature from a mute, black-and-white era to a national stage with full-spectrum color, in high-tech surround sound.”
--Dagoberto Gilb, author of Woodcuts of Women