Woven is a story about two brilliant girls who live in a town where everyone's hair is braided together. Their stories are woven together; each story starts at one side of the book, and both stories meet at the book’s center page.
In PHYLA’S STORY, we follow Phyla as she explores her musical talent. She learns to play the town’s harp, which is made from the long hair of all the town’s elders. The harp’s hair spreads into every neighborhood. The music Phyla makes inspires and entertains the entire town. Her special sensitivity to sound enables her to hear other people’s stories reverberating through the hair around her, as well as other, far stranger things…
In LYLA’S STORY, we follow Lyla as she grapples with the disappearance of her father, one of the town’s fisherman. While Lyla awaits her father’s return, she starts to build miniature houses into her hair: a new house for every day that has passed since her father’s departure. Months go by, and her hair fills with so many houses that it resembles a city. The city in her hair attracts the attention of migratory insects that enter the town and change it forever.
Lyla and Phyla’s stories reflect the vastly different ways of navigating a highly connected society. In a way, this book is as an exploration of how young people can fundamentally transform their society by following their unique sensitivities to the difficulty & complexity around them, no matter what path that takes. Woven seems to say: there is not one path to transforming the world, and also, perhaps, the paths that seem opposed are actually ultimately connected.
With vibrant illustrations by Sibba Hartunian and a unique concept that addresses ideas of both community and independence, Woven reminds us that no matter how alone we might feel, all of our stories our interconnected.
ABOUT TOM HAVIV
Tom Haviv is is the author of the book of poetry, A Flag of No Nation, and the chapbook, Island. His work has also been performed internationally, and is the co-founder of Ayin Press.
ABOUT SIBBA HARTUNIAN
Sibba Hartunian is a New York based artist and illustrator. Her work has been featured in publications such as Uppercase and i-D, and her artist’s books can be found around the world— from New York and Los Angeles to London and Barcelona. This is her first book for children.