Anne Siew Kim Lim releases ‘Seven: A Memoir of Loss and Love’

A story of childhood trauma, growing up in Singapore of the 1950s and ‘60s, in an eclectic environment of Peranakan and Chinese origins


At the tender age of 7, the author suffered the loss of her beloved mother. Growing up then brought the instability of constant change and a heart often in turmoil. “Seven: A Memoir of Loss and Love” (published by Partridge Singapore) traces the author’s spiritual journey, on a path leading to understanding and forgiveness.

“I write to make meaning of my life. In the process, I uncover insights and understand better how one’s life is shaped by our biography,” says Lim.

The author shares intimate, intense glimpses of a life formed by the survival of trauma. Yet, through the darkness, a light continues to shine, fierce and strong. Lim’s cameo recollections of her youth in Singapore of the 1960s and ’70s are also told with humor and glimmers of joy.

“This book is about the human spirit’s capacity to transcend, and grow from life’s challenges,” said the author. When asked what she wants readers to take away from the book, she answers, “We need to understand with the heart to learn forgiveness and love.”

From the Foreword by Anne Lee Tzu Pheng, recipient of the Singapore Cultural Medallion, 1985: “This work demonstrates the healthful and life-giving power of artistic creation, in particular, the power of the word. …The search for a personal truth based on but going beyond objective truth, drives this narrative.”

“Seven: A Memoir of Loss and Love”

By Anne Siew Kim Lim

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 120 pages | ISBN 9781543772234

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 120 pages | ISBN 9781543772210

E-Book | 120 pages | ISBN 9781543772227

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Anne Siew Kim Lim’s interest in writing began in her undergraduate days, in the 1970s, reading Literature and graduating with honours at the University of Singapore.  Emerging from a challenging work experience in her thirties, she discovered her writer’s voice in the 1991 publication of her first book, “Face to Face: the Street Children of Bukit Ho Swee.”  Now entering her seventh decade, the author is happily freed from occupational pursuits of the past – from being a teacher, community worker, and journalist. Her true vocation, she has discovered, is to embrace and share her gifts, the treasures within. Besides writing, she loves communing with Nature, making art and singing with a choir in church.