Indie Next ListAugust 2012
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 centered on three Asian-American artists who grapple with racially tinged controversies.