Your Heart Is A Muscle the Size of A Fist

Your Heart Is A Muscle the Size of A Fist

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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.

Baker & Taylor
Follows seven different people, including a marijuana dealer and his estranged police chief father, who have their lives altered one afternoon in Seattle during the WTO protests that tried to shut the city down in 1999. 100,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Follows seven different people, including a marijuana dealer and his estranged police chief father, who have their lives altered one afternoon in Seattle during the WTO protests that tried to shut the city down in 1999.

Publisher: New York, NY : Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316386531
Branch Call Number: Fiction Yapa
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 24 cm


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PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

A debut novel involving the 1990 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, told from multiple perspectives.

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Nov 27, 2017

Read it because it's the Whatcom Reads! book. Also because it's set near me and I didn't take part in the protests. My favorite part is what happens to the delegate who was stuck on a bus with protesters for a bit--interesting food for thought.

Apr 22, 2017

Despite the fact that this story didn't seem to know whether it wanted to be YA or adult, I cheered for these two kids with messy lives. I even went so far as to tweet to the author that I thought her novel was "delightful". I never do that.

Apr 15, 2017

This was a fun retelling of the WTO protests in Seattle. Many of the details were spot on and the perspectives were interesting windows into the many different parties involved. For that, I am quite happy I read Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist.

Sunil's writing style was something that left me desiring. At times, the like-minded nature added to the frantic situations. At times, it helped drop me into the story. I imagine the vast array of ideas shooting out is exactly how these intense moments feel to someone. Other times, it felt as if there was a like-minded lull that was visually difficult to grasp.

In summary, if the reader can overlook some of the run on sentences, this was a unique perspective into many players during The Battle in Seattle.

Feb 17, 2017

The characters were interesting if a bit cliched. I enjoyed some of the run-on sentences, almost poetic descriptions but after a while it got a bit tiresome. There wasn't much of a plot, still I learned about how people behave in protests and the horrible things they do when stressed out or frightened. I read that this is his debut novel, I'm looking forward to him getting a little more experience.

Jan 25, 2017

The writer creates interesting characters in a fast moving book which asks you to pay attention to world events colliding with personal stories. The Battle of Seattle ,as it is known, was one of the first movements against global trade and as so much else has happened since 1999 ,it likely has been off the radar.

Jan 18, 2017

Interesting cast of characters. A reminder of our recent and ongoing political and social debates.Perfect holiday and late night read for me.About 3/4 of the way into the story I wondered if the author would be up to a GOOD conclusion.Sadly a bit of a muddle.
No doubt this just reflects the ongoing making and unmaking of trade pacts and world alliances.
I would read this author again.

JCLMELODYK Jul 18, 2016

I think this would be a great young adult cross-over book. I really enjoyed the setting - 1999 Seattle riots centered around the WTO. Victor has traveled the world after the death of his mother and his return to Seattle just happens to coincide with the riots, the twist is his father is the chief of police.

Jul 07, 2016

Stick with this book. I had trouble making a connection in the beginning as the author introduces us to the characters in the book during the tumult of the demonstrations during the 1999 World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle. I kept going, because of the reviews I had read about this debut novel. The novel is intense but you come away with the understanding of human connections.

Jan 07, 2016

An interesting and recommended fictional book on the Battle in Seattle (1999 WTO meeting), brought to us by our supposedly // instant activist \\ turned developer mayor, who didn't even live in the city prior to the election as specified by law, Paul Schell [a k a Paul Shlacterhausen].
The movie was garbage, but several excellent documentaries were made on it, and I recall one segment which I witnessed first hand, a well-informed protestor having an extemporaneous debate with some middle-aged idiot from Madrona Venture Capital: the protestor was arguing against corporate rule, while this Madrona Venture Capital fool actually claimed that // Bill Gates invented the Internet to cure world poverty \\ !!! And those are the supporters of the WTO?!?!?


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