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A Free Life

(2007)
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From the award-winning author of Waiting, a new novel about a family's struggle for the American Dream.

Meet the Wu family--father Nan, mother Pingping, and son Taotao. They are arranging to fully sever ties with China in the aftermath of the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square, and to begin a new, free life in the United States. At first, their future seems well-assured. But after the fallout from Tiananmen, Nan's disillusionment turns him toward his first love, poetry. Leaving his studies, he takes on a variety of menial jobs as Pingping works for a wealthy widow as a cook and housekeeper. As Pingping and Taotao slowly adjust to American life, Nan still feels a strange attachment to his homeland, though he violently disagrees with Communist policy. But severing all ties--including his love for a woman who rejected him in his youth--proves to be more difficult than he could have ever imagined.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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