Latino novelist finds real woman behind iconic Jack Kerouac’s “Mexican girl”

Originally posted on NBC Latino:
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…