Hernandez's choice to write [Bea's] story as fiction is gutsy, inspired, and does honor to Kerouac, who fictionalized the real-life characters he met in On The Road. The result is an earthy and soulful tale, a version of their improbable love affair that feels as true as Kerouac's.
—Catch & Release
Hernandez gives incredible depth and dimensionality to the love story of Jack Kerouac and Bea Franco.
—Los Angeles Review of Books
Hernandez's intimate knowledge of life amid the agricultural fields of central California and his ability to conjure the thoughts and emotions of the young Bea Franco make for a graceful and melancholy tale.
—The Associated Press
A beautifully realized portrait of Bea Franco.
—The Los Angeles Times
This novel will thrill the millions of readers who have read Kerouac's book and/or seen the movie adaptation. But no prior knowledge of Kerouac or his works is required: this is an entirely fascinating, stand-alone story in its own right.
Hernandez's portrayal offers a telling counterpoint to Kerouac's rendering, reclaiming Franco's agency and offering a depth and insight into her circumstances and the life of women like her who, both on the page and in everyday life, are too often consigned to anonymity.
Whether or not you are a Kerouac fan, Tim Z. Hernandez has created an important entry for the Kerouac canon that also stands on its own merits as a well-crafted novel about love and loss. Bravo.
—Rick Dale, The Daily Beat
There is no other novel like this in American publishing—Bea Franco's story and her relationship with Jack Kerouac are vital, compelling, and absolutely necessary. Central California, with its history of immigration and agriculture, along with labor camps and workers, is a landscape presented in a different way here, and the women in these places are exactly the characters America desperately needs right now. They are all created in a singular way here.
—Susan Straight, author of Between Heaven and Here and Highwire Moon