They were lovers until he came out of the closet, yet his conservative Catholic upbringing forced him to be fake married in front of his parents during his relationship with Smith. Though Smith moved on to other partners after Mapplethorpe, her infatuation never diminished.
However, this tale is best translated in audiobook format rather than paperback form due to the author's intriguing voice navigating the listener with each memory. It's Smith's voice, both rough but comedic that parallels this tale so well.
To really experience "Just Kids", it will take a trip to ITunes and not Barnes and Noble to pick up your audio copy and get swept away with Patti Smith.