Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

  • Type: Books
  • By: Sunil Yapa
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: General Fiction
  • Recommended by: Morgan D.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9780316386531
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Yapa flits rapidly between many voices converging at the WTO protests in 1999

Sunil Yapa’s debut novel features a front-cover blurb by Colum McCann, and fans of that more established novelist’s work will find ready comparisons in Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist. Yapa works in broad strokes with an even broader cast of characters, bopping rapidly between the many disparate voices converging at the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle during late 1999. There’s Victor, an angry and aimless young man who’s only at the protest to try to sell weed; Bishop, the paternal and patronizing chief of police; King, a seasoned non-violent protester with violent secrets in her past; Charles, the Sri Lankan delegate who can’t understand why all these trust fund kids think their protest is helping third world countries. The list goes on. Yapa manages to find compassion for them all as they clash, first with ideas and then with violence. It’s a consistently humane treatment of an often-forgotten or misunderstood moment in our recent history.