Seattle, 1999. The Washington State Convention and Trade Center should host the WTO meeting (World Trade Organization), but the convention is blocked by the protesters who occupy the streets of the city, and in particular the relevant intersections to prevent the delegates to get to the Convention centre.
The novel is set during the protest day, and it involves the reader by interchanging different points of view belonging to both the protesters and the policemen busy clearing the streets.
The protagonists do not share only the events during the day (negotiations, a pacific protest, the clearing by policemen) but their lives, too.
The police chief keeps thinking about his son, Victor, who run away from home to see the world, in search of an answer about the relation between countries and between people. Victor who is involved with the protesters, and will maybe be able to get an answer among them. John Henry and King, trained in pacific protest, the former devoted to his ideals, the latter – returned illegally from Mexico to attend the protest – troubled by guilt for something she did in the past, and full of rage she barely keeps under control.
Among these stories – that smoothly fit one into the other – sometimes appear the intermission of the Sri Lanka delegate, determined in participating the meeting.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book that tells a true story and describes in a credible and involving way the people involved on both sides of the protest.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.
* Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa ★★★★☆
*I read this book in English