Currently working on a Master’s thesis about “On the Road” and very interested in the Central Valley parts. Finding out this information about Bea is incredible.
Poet, novelist, and performance artist Tim Z. Hernandez is receiving critical acclaim for Mañana Means Heaven, a novel based on the life of Bea Franco, the “Mexican Girl” in the American Beatnik generation classic, “On the Road.” The iconic writer Jack Kerouac has a chapter about the time he spent in a relationship with a Chicana farm worker, who was fleeing an abusive husband and who had left her two children behind. Kerouac called her Terry, the Mexican girl, but it was Bea Franco.
Hernandez’ book, which he describes as 70 percent truth and 30 percent fiction, documents Franco’s illicit affair with the aspiring young writer during the 1940s in the California Great Central Valley. Hernandez spent time with Bea and her family, listening to her story, before she passed away earlier this year.
Hernandez, who has received the 2006 American Book Award…
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