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A fierce and riveting queer coming-of-age story, following the personal and political awakening of a young gay Black man in 1980s NYC, from the television drama writer and producer of The Chi, Narcos, and Bel-Air.
My Government Means to Kill Me
“Full of joy and righteous anger, sex and straight talk, brilliant storytelling and humor, Rasheed Newson’s debut novel 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
“Extraordinary…shines a vivid light onto underappreciated aspects of our history through the life of a gay Black teenager…The book’s greatest charm lies in the sensitivity and subtlety of its narrative.”
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Meet Rasheed Newson
Rasheed Newson is an author, a television drama writer, an executive producer, and a showrunner. "My Government Means to Kill Me" is his debut novel. Rasheed – along with his television writing partner, T.J. Brady – is an Executive Producer of the drama series Bel-Air (Peacock).