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A Free Life is the only life for the book’s protagonist, Nan Wu—who, along with his wife and son, immigrates to the United States from China in the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Yet, despite his earnest attempts to assimilate and his hope that his son will “grow into an American,” Nan finds it difficult to sever his attachment to his homeland. A Free Life, Jin’s first novel set in America, may be his most autobiographical—Jin was at Brandeis University completing a Ph.D. in English when Tiananmen Square prompted him to remain permanently in the States with his own wife and son. Jin discusses and signs copies of his work at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 418 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 638-7610.