The Collective Book ´ 310 pages Õ Don lee

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The Collective Book ´ 310 pages Õ Don lee Õ 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 geA 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 a the achievement of great bittersweet passages the opening scene of suicide the sadly believable PC inanity of the collective's manifesto discussion a narrative gamble on genital art that i think pays off gets marred by some badly contrived episodes the speech at the AA meeting the immolation But this traditionally structured and styled novel cheever and scott fitzgerald are named checked also contains difficult truths about both the writing life and asian america especially the two in combination that are woefully underrepresented in the contemporary letters of these our disunited states

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Y hits the headlines this time with far greater conseuences 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 uestions whether the reality is worth the sacrifice This is one of the most personally relevant books to me As I was reading it I immediately recalled the song Killing Me Softly The story of three Asian American college students who wrestle with racial identity with their place in US society and with young adulthood and then adulthood reveals some of our deepest issues and processes The writing is straightforward and Lee maintains a level of humor to balance some of the most poignant and vulnerable individual struggles I felt as if Lee had spied on my college friends and me and then exposed our various conversations and arguments in this book Topics included how to save ourselves make an impact and fight the many oppressing forces in life After I recommended this book to one friend he immediately described it as a sort of Big Chill the movie I am grateful to Don Lee and his writing prowess Each of his books has held up a mirror and cast light on different facets of being an Asian American in the US The Collective is the boldest reflection yet

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The CollectiveLters 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 controvers What does it mean to be an Asian American artist Or a young Asian American artist Is there a pan American Asian identity What constitutes Asian American art Don Lee's novel attempts to answer these uestions through a group of three students who claim with varying degrees of self consciousness this complex identity at the novel's core The students two boys and one girl Korean American and Chinese American respectively form a loose collective during the freshman year they share at a mid western overwhelmingly white liberal arts college The three throw themselves against these aforementioned uestions as well as against a backdrop of parental expectations and a bout of egregious racism The uestions and this friendship endure post college as the trio splits and converges and the collective grows attracting attention not all necessarily welcome This heady novel risks some rambling in a fierce attempt to plumb all aspects of a complex fascinating and underexamined issue in literary fiction