People In Trouble Sarah Schulman
A witty, compelling and gritty portrait of the AIDs crisis in New York City told through the lens of a love triangle between a lesbian AIDs activist, a bisexual artist and her heterosexual male partner. Through their interactions Sarah Schulman cleverly explores the gap between the middle class art world’s liberal complacent mindset and the urgency of AIDs activism as people are literally living and dying on the streets. The inclusion of a Trump-like real estate mogul who refuses to rent out apartments to gay or black men and an intricate direct action plot is informed by Schulman’s own involvement in grassroots AIDS activism, giving this book the weight of lived experience. In a real life twist, it is not widely known that Jonathan Larson, the producer of the hit musical Rent, used the exact plot from Schulman’s novel but gave her no credit.