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Year of the Monkey

Year of the Monkey


Literary FiguresMusiciansLiterary Criticism

Publisher Price: $16.00

ISBN10: 1984898922
ISBN13: 9781984898920
Publisher: Vintage
Published: Sep 1 2020
Pages: 224
Weight: 0.60
Height: 0.80 Width: 5.10 Depth: 8.00
Language: English
NATIONAL BESTSELLER - Riveting, elegant, humorous--this picaresque voyage through Patti Smith's dreams and life, blending fiction and reality, conjured characters and actual ones (The New York Times) is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times. Illustrated by Smith's signature Polaroids.

Following a run of new year's concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland, in which she debates intellectual grifters and spars with the likes of a postmodern Cheshire Cat. Then, in February 2016, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. For Smith--inveterately curious, always exploring, always writing--this becomes a year of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America.

Taking us from California to the Arizona desert, from a Kentucky farm to the hospital room of a valued mentor, Smith melds the western landscape with her own dreamscape in a haunting, poetic blend of fact and fiction. As a stranger tells her, Anything is possible. After all, it's the Year of the Monkey. But as 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 for a better world.

Including a new chapter, Epilogue of an Epilogue, and ten new photos, Year of the Monkey reminds us that despair and possibility often spring from the same source (Los Angeles Times).

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