The Collective (Paperback)

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By Don Lee
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Asian-American characters have never been more multi-faceted than they are in this novel that defies racial stereotypes while giving us a glimpse of the struggles of being a starving artist. Our central character gets hit by a car and dies on the second page. It is impossible to stop reading from there as we rewind several years back. 

— From Kalani

Addressing identity and the role we play in one another's lives, The Collective is the haunting, moving and wryly drawn novel I wanted The Interestings to be. Don Lee is writing at the height of his powers in this novel, the acuity common to all of his work tempered here with the perfectly rendered melancholy of growing pains. 

— From Wesley

August 2012 Indie Next List

“In this sometimes heartbreaking, at other times hilarious novel, Eric Cho contemplates the life of Joshua Yoon, the Korean novelist with whom he, along with provocative visual artist Jessica Tsai, once formed the 3AC or Asian American Artists Collective, first in college and later in Cambridge. What may have led Joshua to commit suicide - or was it? - by running into the path of an oncoming car? Lee once again tackles identity themes, but this time through the lens of the college novel. A triumph!”
— Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI


With wit, humor, and compassion, The Collective explores the dream of becoming an artist, and questions whether the reality is worth the sacrifice.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393345421
ISBN-10: 0393345424
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: July 8th, 2013
Pages: 314
Language: English