Mañana Means Heaven by Tim Z. HernandezMañana Means Heaven by Tim Z. Hernandez

Mañana Means Heaven

byTim Z. Hernandez

Paperback | September 27, 2016

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In this love story of impossible odds, award-winning writer Tim Z. Hernandez weaves a rich and visionary portrait of Bea Franco, the real woman behind famed American author Jack Kerouac’s “The Mexican Girl.” Set against an ominous backdrop of California in the 1940s, deep in the agricultural heartland of the Great Central Valley, Mañana Means Heaven reveals the desperate circumstances that lead a married woman to an illicit affair with an aspiring young writer traveling across the United States.

When they meet, Franco is a migrant farmworker with two children and a failing marriage, living with poverty, violence, and the looming threat of deportation, while the “college boy” yearns to one day make a name for himself in the writing world. The significance of their romance poses vastly different possibilities and consequences.   

Mañana Means Heaven deftly combines fact and fiction to pull back the veil on one of literature’s most mysterious and evocative characters. Inspired by Franco’s love letters to Kerouac and Hernandez’s interviews with Franco, now in her nineties and living in relative obscurity, the novel brings this lost gem of a story out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
Tim Z. Hernandez is a poet, novelist, and performance artist whose awards include the 2006 American Book Award, the 2010 Premio Aztlán Prize in Fiction, and the James Duval Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. In 2011 the Poetry Society of America named him one of sixteen New American Poets. He holds a BA from Naropa Univers...
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Title:Mañana Means HeavenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:September 27, 2016Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816533938

ISBN - 13:9780816533930

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“Not since The Bridges of Madison County has a love story been more forbidden and compelling. Bea Franco and Jack Kerouac's 15 day tryst, dependent on tequila, compromise and hope, has been held captive, nearly forgotten, for over 60 years. Only now are we fortunate to have a writer as gifted as TZ Hernandez tell it with such corazón and poignancy.”—Michele Serros, author of How to be a Chicana Role Model "Tim Hernandez's groundbreaking book has shed new light on the near-mythical ‘Mexican Girl’ of Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel, On the Road. The story of the real-life Mexican Girl, Bea Franco, Mañana Means Heaven is by turns tender and rewarding, offering a dazzling offshoot from the oft-explored road story that is Kerouac's."—Paul Maher Jr., author of Jack Kerouac’s American Journey