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Francisco

Alison Mills Newman

Regular price $22.50

JESSICA'S PICK

This long out-of-print novel archives the life of a young black artist and her lover, an indie filmmaker named Francisco. Uniquely structured and rhythmically rendered, reading Francisco feels like drinking a sweet, fizzy soda on a summer's day or exchanging stories with friends after a memorable night out. 

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.”

Paperback | 128 pages | 5.20" x 8.10"