Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Sunil Yapa

Narrated By: Aaron Landon

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: January 2016

Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes


A Finalist for the PEN/ Faulkner Award

n Amazon Best Book of the Year

A Washington Post Notable Book

A Barnes & Noble Discover Pick

One of Bustle's 'Most Important Books of 2016'

Named Most Anticipated Book of the Year in Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, BuzzFeed, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, Ploughshares, Bustle, TheMillions, BookRiot, The Oregonian, The San Diego Union-Tribune, River City Reading, Indigo

Grief-stricken after his mother's death and three years of wandering the world, Victor is longing for a family and a sense of purpose. He believes he's found both when he returns home to Seattle only to be swept up in a massive protest. With young, biracial Victor o one side of the barricades and his estranged father--the white chief of police--on the opposite, the day descends into chaos, capturing in its confusion the activists, police, bystanders, and citizens from all around the world who'd arrived that day brimming with hope. By the day's end, they have all committed acts they never thought possible.

As heartbreaking as it is pulse-pounding, Yapa's virtuosic debut asks profound questions about the power of empathy in our hyper-connected modern world, and the limits of compassion, all while exploring how far we must go for family, for justice, and for love.


  • Carla Bradish

    Subject of book was interesting, as were the characters. I understood the timeless qualities of the conflict and its relevance to current events. It was difficult to hear the raw, physical brutality, however I understood the author's intent to help the reader (listener) imagine the tragedy of it all.

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Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, Sunil Yapa