My Government Means to Kill Me

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Flatiron Books
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6.54 X 9.44 X 0.93 inches | 1.01 pounds

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About the Author
Rasheed Newson is a writer and producer of Bel-Air, The Chi, and Narcos. He currently resides in Pasadena, California with his husband and two children. My Government Means to Kill Me is his debut novel.

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"Full of joy and righteous anger, sex and straight talk, brilliant storytelling and humor, Newson has given us the story of Trey, set against the history of 80s queer Black New York, AIDS, and the movements that changed the era. 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. That--and a rollicking read! What more could you want?" --Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Less

"My Government Means to Kill Me is an action-packed, entertaining inside look at the life of a young political rebel. Written with unflinching tenderness, Newson gives us an honest and compelling portrait of a gay Black man coming of age." --Matthew A. Cherry, Academy Award-winning director of Hair Love

"Hilarious, heartbreaking, and sexy as all get out." --Ayelet Waldman, author of Love and Treasure

"Fresh, vibrant and utterly unapologetic. Rasheed Newson has written an unforgettable, take-no-prisoners novel alive with humor and full of urgency. Newson's Trey and his determination to live life on his own terms, even in the face of death all around him, brings into three dimension an era of New York Queer life that, too often, has been flattened and whitewashed by history." --Xochitl Gonzalez, author of New York Times bestseller Olga Dies Dreaming

An episodic narrative about learning to navigate the world, this novel is both hilarious and angry. --
The Boston Globe

This book is a truly unique queer coming-of-age novel. --Buzzfeed

A powerful story about Trey, a young, gay, Black man in 1980s New York City as he comes of age personally and politically. Newson's writing is crisp and clear, witty and engrossing--the kind of prose that pulls you in so quickly you'll miss your subway stop. --CrimeReads