Little, Brown acquires riot debut

Little, Brown acquires riot debut

Little, Brown has acquired a debut novel about seven characters who take part in a protest which turns into a riot.

Commissioning editor Ailah Ahmed bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa from Janklow & Nesbit, US.

It is Ahmed's first acquisition since joining Little, Brown.

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist features seven different characters, from various sections of American society, who participate in a protest-turned-riot at the end of the 20th century - the World Trade Organisation protests in Seattle in 1999.

The novel opens with scrappy Victor, homeless and estranged from his father, who enters the protest to sell drugs; his father, the police chief of Seattle, is busy trying to control an increasingly agitated crowd of thousands of history-making anti-globalisation protestors. 

Within the crowd are parents and children who have come to make a stand; a young hot-headed police officer with a point to make; King, a female militant protestor with a murderous secret; and a Sri Lankan delegate who believes he is on his way to meet Bill Clinton.

Ahmed said: "Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist features the most heart-breaking father-son relationship I’ve read in a long time. It’s beautifully written and moves at an incredible pace. But what’s extraordinary is its treatment of protest and riot. This idea informs every relationship, act and scene – and charges the novel with so much emotion."

Lee Boudreaux acquired North American rights for her new imprint, Lee Boudreaux Books, at Little, Brown US. The novel will be published simultaneously in the UK and the US in January 2016.