Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist
by Sunil Yapa
Pub Date 04 Feb 2016
1999. Victor, homeless after a family tragedy, finds himself pounding the streets of Seattle with little meaning or purpose. He is the estranged son of the police chief of the city, and today his father is in charge of one of the largest protests in the history of Western democracy.
But in a matter of hours reality will become a nightmare. Hordes of protesters - from all sections of society - will test the patience of the city's police force, and lives will be altered forever: two armed police officers will struggle to keep calm amid the threat of violence; a protester with a murderous past will make an unforgivable mistake; and a delegate from Sri Lanka will do whatever it takes to make it through the crowd to a meeting - a meeting that could dramatically change the fate of his country. In amongst the fray, Victor and his father are heading for a collision too.
Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, set during the World Trade Organization protests, is a deeply charged novel showcasing a distinct and exciting new literary voice.
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‘A vital, powerful read, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist is an absorbing, multi-faceted, acutely hopeful novel’ - Patrick deWitt, author of THE SISTER, BROTHERS, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
‘A great wrenching beautiful book’ - Laline Paul, author of THE BEES, shortlisted for the Baileys Prize for Fiction
‘A raw and rare talent . . . a symphony of a novel. In the contemporary tradition of Aleksandar Hemon and Philipp Meyer, with echoes of Michael Ondaatje and Arundhati Roy, Yapa strides forward with a literary Molotov cocktail to light up the dark’ - Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin
‘A stunningly orchestrated work of narrative power. This novel marshals all the vital forces of our existence – from the domestic to the political – and offers them to the reader with equal doses of compassion and beauty’ - Dinaw Mengestu, author of All Our Names
‘Its heart beats and bleeds on every page . . . This book is delightfully, forcefully alive, and I feel more alive for having read it’ - Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints
‘A full-throated chorus of voices on all sides . . . Sunil Yapa has achieved something special, a story that is as tragic as it is relevant, as unflinching as it is humane. Watch out’ - Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek