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Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist (Paperback)

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This book will make you so angry.  Want to revolt.  Want world peace.  Want so many things.  It is a beautifully woven tale of a protest.  As a reader, you see all sides of the protest.  All the characters are struggling to achieve their strongest passions.  Finding your son.  Fighting for what you believe is right for the world.  Fun fact, the author had the original manuscript stolen.  When rewriting it, he focused on the characters that he really had passion for.  I believe this is one of the reasons why you will find this book so amazing. -Shane's March Staff Pick, 2016

I don't know what took me so long to get around to reading Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. What a gorgeous, urgent, appeal to love and justice, disguised as a passionately rendered story about the fates of 5 people on the day Seattle activists shut down the WTO's opening meeting in 1999. I cannot remember when I have ever read a novel of this length in one sitting, almost breathless from the drumbeat pacing, like a heartbeat for our time. Timeless, timely. Read this if you march for justice. Read this if you don't. It is all here.

— From Kris

This book will make you so angry.  Want to revolt.  Want world peace.  Want so many things.  It is a beautifully woven tale of a protest.  As a reader, you see all sides of the protest.  All the characters are struggling to achieve their strongest passions.  Finding your son.  Fighting for what you believe is right for the world.  Fun fact, the author had the original manuscript stolen.  When rewriting it, he focused on the characters that he really had passion for.  I believe this is one of the reasons why you will find this book so amazing. -Shane's March Staff Pick, 2016

 
— From Shane's Reading List

This book will make you so angry.  Want to revolt.  Want world peace.  Want so many things.  It is a beautifully woven tale of a protest.  As a reader, you see all sides of the protest.  All the characters are struggling to achieve their strongest passions.  Finding your son.  Fighting for what you believe is right for the world.  Fun fact, the author had the original manuscript stolen.  When rewriting it, he focused on the characters that he really had passion for.  I believe this is one of the reasons why you will find this book so amazing.

— From Shane's Fiction Picks

January 2016 Indie Next List


“Yapa's debut novel is a raw orchestra of voices needing to be heard. Bringing to life the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, all those present are both dedicated and at a loss: the organizers and protesters, the police and their chief, the delegates and politicians, and the young unintended participant who is searching for meaning, purpose, and hope amid the brutality. From the personal to the political, within a single fraught day the whole world is blown wide open. Yapa has captured the chaos -- and the beauty -- with both fierceness and heart.”
— Melinda Powers (E), Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Description


A Finalist for the PEN/ Faulkner Award

n Amazon Best Book of the Year

A Washington Post Notable Book

A Barnes & Noble Discover Pick

One of Bustle's "Most Important Books of 2016"

Named Most Anticipated Book of the Year in Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, BuzzFeed, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, Ploughshares, Bustle, TheMillions, BookRiot, The Oregonian, The San Diego Union-Tribune, River City Reading, Indigo

Grief-stricken after his mother's death and three years of wandering the world, Victor is longing for a family and a sense of purpose. He believes he's found both when he returns home to Seattle only to be swept up in a massive protest. With young, biracial Victor o one side of the barricades and his estranged father--the white chief of police--on the opposite, the day descends into chaos, capturing in its confusion the activists, police, bystanders, and citizens from all around the world who'd arrived that day brimming with hope. By the day's end, they have all committed acts they never thought possible.

As heartbreaking as it is pulse-pounding, Yapa's virtuosic debut asks profound questions about the power of empathy in our hyper-connected modern world, and the limits of compassion, all while exploring how far we must go for family, for justice, and for love.


About the Author


Sunil Yapa received his MFA from Hunter College, where he was awarded the Alumni Scholarship & Welfare Fund Fellowship and was selected twice as the Esquire Fiction Intern. In June 2010, he won the Asian American Short Story Award. In May 2010, Yapa was the writer-in-residence at the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The son of a Sri Lankan father, and a mother from Montana, Yapa grew up in Pennsylvania, and has since traveled and lived in 48 states and 35 countries.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316386555
ISBN-10: 0316386553
Publisher: Lee Boudreaux / Back Bay Books
Publication Date: October 18th, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English