Introduction by Zhou Xiaojing
Two Dreams draws together the best of Lim’s short fiction from nearly three decades, most of it never before available in the United States, and includes important new work. The setting of these sometimes wryly funny, sometimes heartbreaking stories shifts from the war-torn, tradition-bound Malaysia of Lim’s childhood to the liberating, but confusing and often harsh United States of her adulthood. Her memory is undiluted by nostalgia, her ear is perfectly tuned to the voices of both her old country and her new, and her eye is sharp to the special dilemmas faced by girls and women.
"Lim writes with such aching precision, revealing and insightfully analyzing changing roles as woman, immigrant, and Other."
"An extraordinary memoir distinguished by a luminous intellect, painful honesty, lyricism, and humor—the work of a triumphant survivor.”
“[Lim] recounts her journey with a poet’s eye for detail and a storyteller’s gift for narrative.”
“Evocative writing bolstered by insights into colonialism, race relations, and the concept of the ‘other’ . . . . This is an entrancing memoir.”
“[Lim’s] fascinating autobiography reads like a novel, with interesting stories stitched into the quilt of her life.”