A Map of Virtue and Black Cat Lost (Paperback)

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In this compelling exploration
of human motivation, Erin Courtney details the impulses which draw one person
to another. A bird statue, a childhood trauma, and coincidence collide in this
artfully constructed drama.

At a trendy New York party,
several friends agree to load up in a windowless white van in hopes of finding
another, hipper party. Instead, they end up locked in a cabin in upstate New
York hoping to escape with their lives.

Through an absurd series of
events and with the help of a kindly bird statue acting as moral guide, the
reader looks into the dark heart of humanity and makes it to the other side—but
just barely.

Take this book home and be glad
that as you read it, you are safely ensconced in your cozy sense of complacency
while the absurdity of existence rages on just beyond the periphery of your

— Shawn


This volume collects two plays by Erin Courtney, A Map of Virtue and Black Cat Lost. The Obie Award-winning Map is a symmetrical play: part interview, part comedy, part horror story. Courtney's plays unfold in a delicate dance of pattern and narration; they ring out their images and meanings as a sequence of bells: complicating, harmonizing, and remapping their senses as they run their idiosyncratic course.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780981753393
ISBN-10: 0981753396
Publisher: 53rd State Press
Publication Date: June 25th, 2013
Pages: 100
Language: English