My Government Means to Kill Me: A Novel by Rasheed Newson

My Government Means to Kill Me: A Novel by Rasheed Newson

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The debut novel from television WRITER/PRODUCER OF THE CHINARCOS, and BEL-AIR tells a fierce and riveting queer coming-of-age story following the personal and political awakening of a young, gay, Black man in 1980s New York City.

Earl "Trey" Singleton III arrives in New York City with only a few dollars in his pocket.

Born into a wealthy Black Indianapolis family, at 17, he is ready to leave his overbearing parents and their expectations behind.

In the city, Trey meets up with a cast of characters that changes his life forever. He volunteers at a renegade home hospice for AIDS patients, and after being put to the test by gay rights activists, becomes a member of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP).

Along the way Trey attempts to navigate past traumas and searches for ways to maintain familial relationships-all while seeking the meaning of life amid so much death.

Vibrant, humorous, and fraught with entanglements, Rasheed Newson's My Government Means to Kill Me is an exhilarating, fast-paced coming-of-age story that lends itself to a larger discussion about what it means for a young gay Black man in the mid-1980s to come to terms with his role in the midst of a political and social reckoning.

"Consistently engrossing." -New York Times Book Review

"Full of joy and righteous anger, sex and straight talk, brilliant storytelling and humor... A spectacularly researched Dickensian tale with vibrant characters and dozens of famous cameos, it is precisely the book we've needed for a long time." -Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less

Paperback / 288 pages