The Collective

The Collective

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Three aspiring Asian artists, a painter and two writers, meet in college and form a strong friendship after banding together against an act of racism that has lasting repercussions into their adult lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 25,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
A sparkling bildungsroman about friendship and betrayal, art and race.
In 1988, Eric Cho, an aspiring writer, arrives at Macalester College. On his first day he meets a beautiful fledgling painter, Jessica Tsai, and another would-be novelist, the larger-than-life Joshua Yoon. Brilliant, bawdy, generous, and manipulative, Joshua alters the course of their lives, rallying them together when they face an adolescent act of racism. As adults in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the three friends reunite as the 3AC, the Asian American Artists Collective—together negotiating the demands of art, love, commerce, and idealism until another racially tinged controversy hits the headlines, this time with far greater consequences. Long after the 3AC has disbanded, Eric reflects on these events as he tries to make sense of Joshua’s recent suicide.With wit, humor, and compassion, The Collective explores the dream of becoming an artist, and questions whether the reality is worth the sacrifice.

Baker
& Taylor

After a college friend's suicide, Eric Cho reflects on their friendship over the years.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393083217
0393083217
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 24 cm

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Jan 26, 2014

I've read each of Don Lee's novels and this one is by far my favorite. A thought provoking story of young artists trying to find their niche in life. Explores race, sexuality, art, and friendship through complex characters. I enjoyed it enough that I finished it in one day. Highly recommended.

Michael Colford Aug 14, 2012

In 1988, Eric Cho, an aspiring writer, arrives at Macalester College. On his first day he meets a beautiful fledgling painter, Jessica Tsai, and another would-be novelist, the larger-than-life Joshua Yoon. Brilliant, bawdy, generous, and manipulative, Joshua alters the course of their lives, rallying them together when they face an adolescent act of racism. As adults in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the three friends reunite as the 3AC, the Asian American Artists Collective together negotiating the demands of art, love, commerce, and idealism until another racially tinged controversy hits the headlines, this time with far greater consequences. Long after the 3AC has disbanded, Eric reflects on these events as he tries to make sense of Joshua 's recent suicide. With wit, humor, and compassion, The Collective explores the dream of becoming an artist, and questions whether the reality is worth the sacrifice.

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