Sunil Yapa immerses the reader in an explosive view of the 1999 Seattle WTO protests. By challenging assumptions and creating empathy for his characters in this gripping novel, he shows the convergence of a vast range of perspectives within a few city blocks.
To say that Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa packs a punch would be an understatement. Yapa draws us into the lives of a few very different characters on one dramatic day in 1999. As the novel’s events unfold, all of Yapa’s characters are caught up in the same chaotic violence. As each character’s internal chaos surfaces under tremendous external pressure, Yapa reveals the humanity that is common to all, even in the most inhuman moments.-Mary Wolf, Collected Works Bookstore & Coffee House, Santa Fe, NM
In short chapters that chronicle one day of the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, Yapa immerses us in chaos and moments of transcendence. Empathy and insight suffuse each character’s story—protesters, police, and delegates all have their moments—and I closed the book with the feeling that if we can truly open our hearts to understanding and forgiveness, there is hope for all of us-Anmiryam Budner, Main Point Books, Bryn Mawr, PA