Sun, Feb 12|
Birch Tree Bookstore
Queer Lit Book Club
The Queer Lit Book Club is a great place for bookworms and reading novices alike! Share your experience with the latest LGBTQ+ novel, grab a copy, and make some friends....
Time & Location
Feb 12, 3:00 PM
Birch Tree Bookstore, 11 W Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176, USA
About the event
Join us for our monthly meeting of the Queer Lit Book Club!
This month, we’re reading the My Government Means to Kill Me by Rasheed Newson.
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.