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 author has an excellent command on English language with which she has scripted every line in a poetic form and that is the true essence of this book. Upon reading you will find the scenes from her life appearing on the television screen of your mind and you will find yourself living those moments, feeling every bit of emotion that surfaces with the turning of pages.
This book is one of those rare gems which will linger in your memory for a considerable amount of time.
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.
Weaving every thought and every emotion with the magic of her words....the book is like the course of a river flowing smoothly....unabatedly !
The book unfolds like a beautiful lotus in a pond.....and continues to revel in the glory of sunshine !
From the much revered Goddesses in India....along with the legendary feminine Epic characters.....and her own ever introspecting mortal self....from childhood to womanhood...to motherhood....the book is a journey of feminity....the inward and external journey.....over the mountains and seas that life carries us through.
Holding on steadfast and never losing ground.....thoughts and emotions unfold....in the most beautiful word patterns.
If I had ventured marking some beautiful sentences...probably the whole book would have been highlighted !
With her mysteriously curious mind......the yearning for the horizon continues.....This is just a beginning and theres going to be lots more in store.....The Goddess to whom she prays on the festival of Spring....is omnipresent within her !