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The Collective

A Novel
Lee, Don, 1959- (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Lee, Don, 1959-
Statement of Responsibility: Don Lee
Title: The collective
a novel
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 314 p. ; 24 cm.
Summary: 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.
Subject Headings: Asian Americans Fiction College students Fiction Authors Fiction Artists Fiction Racism Fiction Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.) Fiction
Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Topical Term: Asian Americans
College students
Authors
Artists
Racism
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
LCCN: 2012008851
ISBN: 9780393083217
0393083217
Branch Call Number: FIC L
Research Call Number: JFE 12-4648
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Jan 26, 2014
  • jmoore2320 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Michael Colford rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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