Fri 11/10, 7pm:
Leigh Statham discusses her YA novel Daughter 4254
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.
Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked at many interesting jobs before settling in as a mother and writer. She now resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, eight chickens, and two suspected serial killer cats. Leigh is currently working on an MFA and is the author of The Perilous Journey series. She is also the winner of the 2016 Southeast Review Nonfiction Prize for her short story “The Ditch Bank and the Fenceline.”.