Taking us from Southern California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in
crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places – this haunting memoir by Patti Smith blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment. But as Patti Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the reader: her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and above all, a rugged hope of a better world.
Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith’s signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.