- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Authorspress (2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9352074254
- ISBN-13: 978-9352074259
- Package Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,76,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant’s Wayward Journey Paperback – 2016
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About the Author
Lopamudra Banerjee is a writer, poet, editor and translator, currently based in Dallas, USA. She is the co-editor of Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas, published by Readomania in collaboration with Incredible Women of India. She is currently the Editor of Learning and Creativity e-mag and Blue Pencil editorial services. Thwarted Escape, her debut narrative nonfiction work, has received Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Book Festival 2017, and the book manuscript been First Place Category Winner at the Journey Awards 2014 hosted by Chanticleer Reviews and Media LLC, USA. Her literary works have appeared at numerous literary journals and anthologies, both in India and the US. She has received the Reuel International Award 2016 for her English translation of Rabindranath Tagore's novella Nastanirh (The Broken Home) instituted by The Significant League, a renowned literature group in Facebook.
About the Book
How far can one truly go away from his/her ancestral roots, filial ties and the claustrophobic grip of traditions and the reminiscence of an emotionally fraught childhood and puberty? Thwarted Escape, the award-winning memoir/nonfiction book begins with this particular quest, and it is this quest which gains momentum as a woman seeks the essence of herself-identity ten thousand miles away from her Bengali hometown. With the lens of a time-traveller, her narrative journey encompasses her first sexual abuse, her first tryst with death, austerity, the strangeness of rituals, the inexplicable feelings of puberty and also her surrendering to love, procreation, motherhood. In her self-chosen exile in the US, she discovers that deep within; her ancestral roots a real soothe well spring of her psychological, spiritual existence. In the process, she keeps on oscillating between assimilating and disintegrating, which forms the core of her journey.
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The prose is poetic but the circumstances are not. Yet the words paints a beautiful imagination in the mind of the reader. Part travellougue, part rebellious, part escapist and part acceptance are the chapters in this memoir. A cluster of life events which runs backwards in the mind of the author and forward in the pages of the book as a memory building and acceptance of the routine that life goes on.
Lopamudra Banerjee's Thwarted Escape is compelling read. You cant escape life, the escape is thwarted by reality whenever the thought of an escape sets in. Hope to have more compelling reads from the author."
I will request all the book-lovers and sincere readers to avail it and tell them to rest assured that their investment is worth , profitable and nourishing .
Good Luck dear Lopa for a success-filled onwards journey..........
Chitra Banerjee ( Chitradi )
A fine book of words lived and loved.
This book is a collage of various experiences. Her growing up years in India in a Bengali family. The traumatic experience of being abused as a child. Her empathy towards the Delhi gang rape victim to her motherhood the author choses so many topics. Her life in the US too forms an important part of this narrative.
Lopamudra isn’t a writer. She is a poet, she is a painter who with her words weaves poetry and paints the canvass, bringing true to life characters who stay with you, whom you can relate to and who will disturb you. I am glad that I read this book for Lopamudra is indeed one of the finest writers of our times. I am yet to meet a person who can write so poetic, so lyrical. There is a magic in her writing and it mesmerizes you. Reading this book is like a divine experience. There were moments when while reading the book I closed my eyes to drench myself completely into the beauty of the words. I wished the book would never finish. The book is a page turner in spite of the fact that it has no linear story structure as such.
Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey is a masterpiece that cannot be missed.
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