A lost masterpiece of American literature about the creative evolution of a young Black woman in California and her intense relationship with an indie filmmaker

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SKU: 9780811232395 Category: Tag: Publisher/imprint : New Directions Books
Page count : 128
Published on 7th March, 2023


Alison Mills Newman’s innovative, genre-bending novel has long been out of print and impossible to find. A “fluently funky mix of standard and nonstandard English,” as the poet and scholar Harryette Mullen once put it, Francisco is the first-person account of a young actress and musician and her growing disillusionment with her success in Hollywood. Her wildly original and vivid voice chronicles a free-spirited life with her filmmaker lover, visiting friends and family up and down California, as well as her involvement in the 1970s Black Arts Movement. Love and friendship, long, meaningful conversations, parties and dancing-Francisco celebrates, as she improvises in the book, “the workings of a positive alive life that is good value, quality, carin, truth ? the gift of art for the survival of the human heart.”

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Weight 0.15 kg
Dimensions 20.6 × 13.2 × 1.3 cm