There was also a reader question as to whether Lao She's suicide was real or only an "official version" of the story. As far as I know, that is the fact. Lao She's son, Shu Yi (舒乙), has written many articles about his father's suicide; you can read one of them here (in Chinese).
If you are interested, here are some other English reviews of China 2013:
- Questioning the “Chinese Model of Development”, The China Beat
- Yawning Heights: Chan Koon-chung’s Harmonious China, China Heritage Quarterly
- The Fat Years: China, 2013, Jonathan in China blog
- (Update) The dystopian novel that's turning China upside down, io9