Fiction. A tale of post-9/11 New York: A costumed maid (Magenta) comes upon a feral menagerie playing an ominous game ofchess in a subway station; she keeps going deeper into the city from there. In her travels, Magenta meets evidence of wars and destruction that predate 2001—a rat speaks of the horrors of urban displacement, an Iraqi pigeon begs on the A train for American mercy, a group of Vietnam Vets welcome her into their serene underground grotto. All the while, this macabre fable dares to imagine beyond conflicts and wonder about possibilities of compassion that the future could have in store.
"If Alice wore a Rocky Horror costume and fell down a New York City man hole instead of a rabbit hole, you'd have MAGENTA'S ADVENTURES.... A fable both contemporary and revelatory."—Arthur Nersesian
"If the city has ever thrashed your heart and hammered your sanity, read this"—Gary Indiana