Alison Mills Newman author Saidiya Hartman editor


Publisher:New Directions Publishing Corporation

Published:24th Mar '23


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Francisco cover

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.”

"Mills Newman has done the rare thing: written with beauty, power, and purity about a woman." -- Toni Morrison
"When blackness, then and now, is so burdened with pain, it is a blessing to find a story of black lovers, written by a woman learning to love herself as she falls in love with Francisco." -- Harryette Mullen

ISBN: 9780811232395

Dimensions: 206mm x 132mm x 13mm

Weight: 150g

128 pages