Sarah Schulman

People in Trouble
  • People in Trouble

  • ‘A book of resistance and love, as urgently necessary now as it was thirty years ago’

    It was the beginning of the end of the world but not everyone noticed right away.

    New York, late 80s. The AIDS crisis has taken hold and the world is on the brink of imploding. Ronald Horne, an entitled property tycoon, lords over the city. Kate, a successful artist, lives in Manhattan with Peter, her husband and fellow creative. She’s having an affair with Molly, a younger gay woman who, when she’s not working a dead-end job, is caring for sick friends.

    At one of many funerals during an unbearably hot summer, Molly learns about Justice, the guerrilla activist group fighting for people with AIDS. She immediately signs up. Kate isn’t so sure. And Peter is bewildered: by the changes he’s seeing in his city, its inhabitants, and most crucially, his wife. Soon the trio learn that a tragedy of this kind not only warps our closest relationships but how anger – and its absence – can make the difference between life and death.

    ‘Strong, nervy and challenging’
    New York Times

RELEASED 05/09/2019

Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter and AIDS historian. She is the author of 19 books. Her awards include a Guggenheim in Playwrighting and a Fulbright in Judaic Studies. With Jim Hubbard she is co-founder of MIX: NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, The ACT UP Oral History Project ( and co-producer of the film UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP. Sarah is on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and is faculty advisor to Students for Justice In Palestine at The College of Staten Island where she is a Distinguished Professor.