Daughter4254 used to think life in a community where art, music and names are outlawed would suffocate her creative spirit until she is left to rot in prison and realizes there is far worse.
Then she meets Thomas, a fellow inmate, who tells stories of the mythical mountain colonies where people have names and the arts thrive, and she finds a shred of hope. Together they plot an escape, knowing they'll die if they fail. Or worse, their consciousness will be taken by the MindWipe, leaving their bodies free for government use.
When nothing goes as planned, Daughter4254 must choose between using her mother's secrets of the rebellion to better the world she hates and following Thomas to the quiet life of freedom she has always craved.
About the Author
Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho but found her heart in New York City. She now resides in North Carolina and has an MFA in Young Adult literature from Converse College where she serves as the Managing Fiction Editor at South 85 Journal. She is the winner of the 2018 James Applewhite Poetry prize honorable mention and Southeast Review 2016 Narrative Nonfiction prize. Imani Unraveled is her fourth YA novel. Her essays, poetry, and short stories can be found in the Remington Review, Southeast Review, North Carolina Literary Review, and several anthologies.