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Book review: Robin Lim’s “Butterfly People”

If you read Robin Lim’s biography, it’s hard to imagine her having time to do anything else aside from delivering babies in such areas as Bali, Aceh,  Yogyakarta, and Haiti. What she does is pretty much a full-time job, and you can’t really blame her if she doesn’t have time for anything else.

Of course, she’s an exceptional enough person to multitask. Not only has she written on maternal health, she’s also been writing poetry and even a full-on novel. It’s entitled “Butterfly People”, and it’s basically a fictionalized account of her life and her family’s history from the pre-war era to the present time.

Is “Butterfly People” going to be as exciting as Robin Lim’s actual life? Or is truth going to turn out to be much more engrossing than fiction?

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