Quick Pick: January 15, 2016

your heart is a muscleYour Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

Set amid the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, Yapa weaves together the stories of pot dealers, policemen, politicians, and protesters as the peaceful demonstrations threatens to spill over into violence. There’s Victor, who just wants to sell drugs to the protesters for enough cash to split town; there’s his policeman father, Chief Bishop, who hasn’t seen Victor in three years; and several more people just trying to fight for what they believe in. This is an electrifying debut, a protest novel that gives humanity to all sides of the fight. It’s full of heart and, ultimately, hope.

Backlist bump: A Strangeness In My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

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