Many of us may recall watching television coverage of the 1999 WTO riots in Seattle. Perhaps we watched with confusion about how peaceful protests could have escalated so quickly. Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist is a story that takes place in the thick of the riots, featuring protestors, police, and a boy whose story will bridge the gap between these groups at odds with one another.
Victor ran away from home at the age of 16 and has been traveling the world for the past three years before returning to Seattle. His father, the chief of police, has been distraught over his son’s disappearance, wishing he could undo the events leading up to Victor’s decision to leave.
King and her boyfriend, John Henry, are protestors seeking change from world leaders who use their power and influence without thought of the third-world countries or people that are negatively impacted by their decisions.
Park and Ju, two beat cops with their own marked histories, are just trying to do their jobs. Whether or not they agree with the protestors is beside the point, but making the right decisions in the heat of the moment will put them to the ultimate test.
Dr. Charles Wickramsinghe is a diplomat intent on seeing his home country of Sri Lanka join the WTO. Everything changes when he gets caught up in the riots and sent to jail, where he encounters protestors who make him question all he’s worked for over the past five years.
These storylines converge as the events of the day build into an explosive, heart-pounding, must-read tale. Yapa’s debut novel will be one that everyone is talking about and for good reason. It’s not just a story; it’s who we are as a human race.
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