Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

I read Your Heart Is A Muscle the Size of a Fist in February, and I immediately knew it was going to stick with me all year. Yapa narrates the World Trade Organization Protest in 1999 through numerous perspectives. He does give the rioters voice, but he also delves into the policemen’s heads and shows how some of them rationalize their brutality. He also gives the perspective of a Sri Lankan delegate, who is tired of these white Americans speaking for him.  There’s so much frustration and anger laid bare on this page, layered in with complicated family histories and the mistakes we all make, and why we choose to keep fighting. Beautifully written and timely.

 

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