Nobody's Wife: The Smart Aleck and the King of the Beats

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Creative Arts Book Company, 2000 - Fiction - 216 pages
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It was 1950. Strikingly beautiful, 20-year-old Joan Haverty had arrived in New York and was working as a seamstress. During a deteriorating attempt to reconcile with her lover, fate intervened when Joan heard a stranger's voice calling up to her loft from the street below -- It was Jack Kerouac, needing directions to a party Thus began Joan's stormy romance with and brief marriage to the leather-jacketed archangel of the Beat Generation. She bore his tirades, his passion, his troubled poetic genius, and also bore his child while Kerouac was writing his great signature novel, On the Road.

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Kerouac aficionados have been salivating for this memoir since two excerpts appeared in Women of the Beat Generation (LJ 10/1/96). They will not be disappointed. Kerouac's second wife and the mother ... Read full review


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