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Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist Paperback – 21 Mar 2016

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Product Description Review A gorgeous riot against injustice Huge ambition . . . impressive Yapa writes like a pro Beautifully written. Astonishing Yapa shines in the thickness of the here-and-now amid the gas fear courage and flawed humanity of the street battle in passages that are cinematic . . . moving Fast-paced and unflinching . . . As these characters encounter one another in a fog of tear gas and pepper spray Yapa vividly evokes rage and compassion A vital powerful read Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist is an absorbing multifaceted acutely hopeful novel A great wrenching beautiful book 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 Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Fist is an enthralling street-level vision of the 1999 WTO riots a story visceral horrifying harrowing and often heroic. But above all this book is a full-throated chorus of voices on all sides - protestors cops delegates politicians and ramblers - as democracy runs headlong into the machinery of global power. Sunil Yapa has achieved something special a story that is as tragic as it is relevant as unflinching as it is humane. Watch out Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist is 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 There is nothing to say about Sunil Yapa's debut novel that its wonderful title doesn't already promise - its heart beats and bleeds on every page in prose so powerful it feels built of muscle and tissue and sinew and sweat. This book is delightfully forcefully alive and I feel more alive for having read it Explosive An achingly compassionate fiction debut Yapa's lyrical prose brings the conflicted internal lives of a multitude of characters vividly to the page Electrifying . . . will make you think and feel As electric a novel as I've ever read Sunil Yapa is a writer of great compassion Chilling . . . A memorable pulse-pounding literary experience [A] gripping debut . . . Yapa is a skilled storyteller revealing just enough about his characters and the direction of his plot to engage his readers yet effectively building dramatic impact by withholding certain key details. In the style of Colum McCann's Let the Great World Spin Yapa ties together seemingly disparate characters and narratives through a charged moment in history showing how it still affects us all in different ways Yapa's writing is visceral and unsparing. Noteworthy capital-I Important and a ripping read his novel will be on many "best" lists in 2016 A fantastic debut novel . . . What is so enthralling about this novel is its syncopated riff of empathy as the perspective jumps around these participants - some peaceful some violent some determined some incredulous . . . Yapa creates a fluid sense of the riot as it washes over the city. Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist ultimately does for WTO protests what Norman Mailer's Armies of the Night did for the 1967 March on the Pentagon gathering that confrontation in competing visions of what happened and what it meant If you're looking for a novel that moves with heat this winter look no further The energy and sheer humanity of Sunil Yapa's debut will grab you wrap you in and won't let you go - and that's just the start of why you're going to love this. Seven characters narrate this charged book which centers on a protest. It's so layered you'll finish this wondering how Yapa pulled off what he did An open-armed love letter to humanity this glorious novel loops around a burning center encompassing the warmth of parents and the coolness of patriarchy. Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist will compel you to look and then to witness. ' We are mad with hope' the narrator says early on and by the end the reader is too In this beautifully written kaleidoscopically shifting novel . . . Yapa penetrates to the human connections and disconnections at play between the lines of history in the era of the global village It's not often that a novel takes a fraught event from the recent past one that most of us only experienced in the flash of the cable news cycle or the static of print headlines and imbues it with so much heart and soul that we do something we almost never do in the constant crush forward and faster - we pause and reconsider. That is the power of literature. Sunil Yapa's Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist does just this for the momentous protests of the 1999 World Trade Organization's (WTO) . . . Yapa does a heroic job of journeying into the heart of this complex set of events illustrating how they grow out of and impact the character's lives. And while the heart may be the size of a fist here it paradoxically seems to encompass the whole world and all of its citizens who pulse with its every beat [A] gripping profoundly humane first novel . . . An absolutely compelling read Like magic Yapa uses this handful of perspectives to create snapshots that allow the reader to imagine who else was there that day and what they were doing thinking and feeling . . . I can't imagine a better book to have kicked off my year in reading Yapa's melding of fact and fiction human frailty and geopolitics is a genuine tour de force and an exciting literary debut Review An Amazon Rising Star of Spring 2016 : In midst of the tense conflict that followed Seattle's 1999 WTO protests you meet the unlikely protagonist of Sunil Yapa’s electrifying debut novel Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. Victor a 19 year old drifter leaves home one morning in hopes of selling a bit of marijuana only to stumble upon 50000 anti-globalization protestors gathered in the streets. Through the course of the book the author acquaints us with seven distinct characters whose lives get affected by the protests. We meet King a nonviolent activist; her lover John Henry; two cops Timothy Park a veteran of the Oklahoma City bombing who carries proudly the scars that distort his face a testament to his heroism in the line of duty; his partner Juila and Dr. Charles Wickramsinghe an ageing delegate from Sri Lanka representing his country for the WTO talks. Each of the seven characters have an agenda while the activists want justice the delegates want economic growth; and the cops they just want everyone to go home! The seven narrators offer different perspectives of the chaotic day. This is an explosive first novel which bears some resemblance to Colum McCann’s classic Let the Great World Spin. Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist pushes for a better world and through its intermingling complex narrative the writer poses the same questions as the protestors in his story: What kind of world do we want and what must we do to get it? - Editorial Reviews See all Product Description


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