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The Flamethrowers meets Let the Great World Spin in this electrifying debut novel set amid the heated conflict of Seattle’s 1999 WTO protests.

On a rainy, cold day in November, young Victor—a nomadic, scrappy teenager who’s run away from home—sets out to sell as much marijuana as possible to the throng of WTO demonstrators determined to shut down the city. With the proceeds, he plans to buy a plane ticket and leave Seattle forever, but it quickly becomes clear that the history-making fifty thousand anti-globalization protestors—from anarchists to environmentalists to teamsters—are testing the patience of the police, and what started out as a peaceful protest is threatening to erupt into violence.

Over the course of one life-altering afternoon, the fates of seven people will change forever: foremost among them police Chief Bishop, the estranged father Victor hasn’t seen in three years, two protesters struggling to stay true to their non-violent principles as the day descends into chaos, two police officers in the street, and the coolly elegant financial minister from Sri Lanka whose life, as well as his country’s fate, hinges on getting through the angry crowd, out of jail, and to his meeting with the President of the United States. When Chief Bishop reluctantly unleashes tear gas on the unsuspecting crowd, it seems his hopes for reconciliation with his son, as well as the future of his city, are in serious peril.

In this raw and breathtaking novel, Yapa marries a deep rage with a deep humanity. In doing so he casts an unflinching eye on the nature and limits of compassion, and the heartbreaking difference between what is right and what is possible.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A symphony of a novel…Yapa showcases a raw and rare talent. This is a protest novel which finds, at its core, a deep and abiding regard for the music of what happens…With echoes of Michael Ondaatje and Arundhati Roy, Yapa strives forward with a literary molotov cocktail to light up the dark.”

    Colum McCann, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This book is delightfully, forcefully alive, and I feel more alive for having read it.”

    Eleanor Henderson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A rocket ship of a book, filled with heroics, violence, and the propulsive action of a heart…[with] a kaleidoscope of characters, and each is raw, real, driven by their own obligation and role in the protests…The result is a story empowered with exacting empathy.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Chilling…A memorable, pulse-pounding literary experience.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sunil Yapa’s ambitious novel takes place over the course of a single day of the 1999 World Trade Organization riots, telling the story from seven points of view…Landon’s deliberate pacing amplifies the tension between the police and the protestors and emphasizes the lyrical quality of Yapa’s writing. He brings a weariness to Police Chief Bishop’s chapters and a sense of wonder to the chapters of Bishop’s missing son. By the novel’s end, listeners feel empathy for characters on all sides of the clashes.”


  • “Yapa’s writing is visceral and unsparing. Noteworthy, capital-I Important and a ripping read, his novel will be on many ‘best’ lists in 2016.”

    Library Journal

  • “A riveting narrative that’s both personal and political. This much buzzed-about novel establishes Yapa as a first-rate literary talent.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick for January 2016
  • An Amazon Best Book of January 2016
  • A Flavorwire Pick for the 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2016
  • A BookRiot Pick for the Most Anticipated Books of 2016
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