The Collective

by Don Lee

The Collective

Hardcover, 352 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $25.95 | purchase

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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, Mass.

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