After Francesco is the stand-alone sequel to The Year of Ice. Set in 1988 Alphabet City and Minneapolis, After Francesco is the story of 28-year old Kevin Doyle as the second anniversary of his partner Francesco's death from AIDS approaches. When grief sends Kevin to the emergency room, his New York friends ship him back to his hometown of Minneapolis to recover, and into the overbearing arms of his off-the-boat Irish Aunt Nora. Kevin volunteers, joins a surviving partners support group, and discovers the possibility of a new man after Francesco. But when Francesco's sister-in-law publishes a fabricated memoir about Francesco's death, and with Kevin's best friend fighting for his life back in New York, Kevin must choose between walking away or fighting back.
The author thanks the Minnesota State Arts Board for its generous financial support.