product description page

Mañana Means Heaven (Paperback) (Tim Z. Hernandez)

Mañana Means Heaven (Paperback) (Tim Z. Hernandez) - image 1 of 1

about this item

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.
Number of Pages: 232
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Series Title: Camino Del Sol
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Arizona Pr
Author: Tim Z. Hernandez
Language: English
Street Date: September 27, 2016
TCIN: 51701592
UPC: 9780816533930
Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-1463
$15.25
MSRPReg: $16.95 Save $1.70 (10% off)

guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.