Guardian Review | Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa


Millennials might struggle to believe it, but there was a political world before the Manichean split of 9/11. Sunil Yapa’s debut, set during the Seattle World Trade Organisation protests of November 1999, aims to reanimate a lost moment of violence and hope for the left – as in the title, tenderness and trauma go hand-in-hand all the way through. We are put right in the thick of it, where anticorporate chants rise and pepper spray flies.

Vibrantly told and jumping from consciousness to consciousness with each chapter, the novel is a crowd scene in 302 pages: young black runaway Victor is the stepson of the white police chief Bishop, who is in command of officers Park and Ju, who are in a confrontation out on the streets with old-hand activist John Henry and his firebrand ally King, who draw Victor into the protests when he stumbles their way.

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