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People in Trouble

People in Trouble


'A book of resistance and love, as urgently necessary now as it was thirty years ago' Olivia Laing

First published in 1990, discover this blistering novel about a love triangle in New York during the AIDS crisis. The perfect novel to read after bingeing It's A Sin.

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

It is the late 1980s. Kate, an ambitious artist, lives in Manhattan with her husband Peter. She's having an affair with Molly, a younger lesbian who works part-time in a movie theater.

At one of many funerals during an unbearably hot summer, Molly becomes involved with a guerrilla activist group fighting for people with AIDS. But Kate is more cautious, and Peter is bewildered by the changes he's seeing in his city and, most crucially, in his wife.

Soon the trio learn how tragedy warps even the closest relationships, and that anger - and its absence - can make the difference between life and death.

'Strong, nervy and challenging' New York Times


  • Sarah Schulman is a brilliant visionary, and this is a book of resistance and love, as urgently necessary now as it was thirty years ago
    Olivia Laing

About the author

Sarah Schulman

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.
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