Author Press Books

Book Details

Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant’s Wayward Journey

Authored By: Lopamudra Banerjee

Publisher:  Authorspress

ISBN-13: 9789352074259

Year of Publication: 2016

Pages: 236

                                       Binding: Paperback(PB)

Category:  Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories

Price in Rs. 346.50

                             Price in (USA) $. 27.72

Inclusive of All Taxes (After 30% Discount on the Printed Price)

Book Description

Book Contents


Editorial Reviews:

It is a book that will talk to you on lonely nights, when you remember somebody close that left for a foreign shore. It is a story of every migrant, more so, of women going abroad for running homes of rank strangers, lovingly reclaimed later as their soul-mates, in the odd tradition, the strange logic of arranged marriages of India. The book is an ode to Kolkata and America by a woman writer making waves through her solid writing. 

--Dr. Sunil Sharma, Editor, Setu: A Bilingual Journal

Depending on which chapter you’re reading, you could say Banerjee is a memoirist, a creative writer, an essayist or a journalist. But no matter what label you choose for her writing, you will see Banerjee has major writing talent – the culmination of a passion that was borne at an early age when she considered words her playmates.

--J O' Reilley, Chanticleer Book Reviews


Banerjee, the florist, crafts delicate narratives as she pulls them towards a theme bunch. She uses the present tense to a delicious effect, pulling the reader into the immediacy, and hence, the momentariness of her experiences. The beauty results from her love of language – the carefree abandon with which words spill onto the page. 

-- Bhaswati Ghosh, Editor-at-large, Cafe Dissensus


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.

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.