Debut Novel, The Isolation Door by Anish Majumdar | TLC Book Tours

Cover of The IsolationAdvance Praise:

“Believable and inspires contemplation.”

Bookish Ardour Blog

“Anish’s language brims with the confidence and emotional gravitas of a seasoned author -there is that distinct cadence in the way he frames his words: always pleasing, calming, as he reels you deeper into his tale.”

New York Book Pundit


Neil Kapoor, 23, is desperate to create a life beyond the shadow of his mother’s schizophrenia. Years of successive relapses and rehabilitations have forced his father into the role of caretaker and Neil into that of silent witness. But there is no light within this joyless ritual, and any hope for the future rests on finding an exit. 

Amidst her latest breakdown, Neil attends drama school in pursuit of a role that might better express the truth of who he is. What started as a desperate gambit becomes the fragile threads of a new life. A relationship blooms with Emily, and each finds strength – and demons – in the other. New friendships with Quincy and Tim grow close and complex. But the emotional remove needed to keep these two lives separate destabilizes the family. Neil’s father, the one constant in the chaos, buckles under the pressure. Enlisting the aid of an Aunt with means and questionable motives, Neil plies ever-greater deceptions to keep the darkness at bay. But this time there will be no going back. As his mother falls to terrifying depths a decision must be made: family or freedom?

In this powerful fiction debut, acclaimed journalist Anish Majumdar shines a much-needed light into the journey of those coping with serious mental disorders and the loved ones who walk alongside them. Incisive and filled with moments of strange beauty, it marks the arrival of a unique voice in American letters.

[Synopsis and image via Goodreads]

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My Thoughts:

Anish Majumdar in his debut novel, The Isolation Door, stole my reader’s heart the moment I began to read his words. Majumdar has a writing style that is both lyrical and atmospheric from the perspective of great storytelling. 

Within the pages of this book, Majumdar tells a fictional story of a young man dealing with immense problems at home, problems which are not of his doing nor his solving, and yet Neil feels compelled to try to fix everything that has gone wrong. As I read along, Majumdar wrote so realistically as to cause me to forget these were not real people living next door nor was this a story about real circumstances. That is great writing!

Do not despair for Neil, however, he finds love and is able to float for a time between the two lives he creates for himself. On the one hand, his parents struggle with his mother’s mental health issues and on the other hand, Emily, someone willing to accept him for who is. And yet a time comes for decisions. A beautiful love story is centered in Neil’s struggle with his family’s life journey filled with disappointments and cruelties and his desire, like so many of us, to be set free from that life.

My Recommendation:  

If you are fond of reading a book which presents characters so real you believe the struggles in the book’s pages to also be real, coupled with a beautiful love story which gives hope to those who struggle in similar ways on life’s journey, then The Isolation Door is for your shelf! Pick it up soon and enjoy Majumdar’s beautiful writing.

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Listen to Anish Majumdar talk about the circumstances in his own family and life which led him to write The Isolation Door:

Meet the Author:

Anish MajumdarAs a child growing up in Montreal, Canada, Anish Majumdar’s first creative writing lessons came courtesy of his mother, a former English teacher. Witnessing her struggle with schizophrenia had a profound impact and inspired The Isolation Door, his first novel. His non-fiction work, appearing in many publications, has garnered Independent Press Association Awards for Feature Writing and Investigative Journalism. His short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives with his wife, son, and a growing menagerie of pets in Rochester, NY.You can connect with Anish via the following:

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Book Details:

  • TLC Book Tours Tour HostFile Size: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Ravana Press; 1 edition (January 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I29CL8A

Dates for the TLC Book Tour for The Isolation Door may be viewed here.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of The Isolation Door from the publisher via TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed here are solely my own.


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6 thoughts on “Debut Novel, The Isolation Door by Anish Majumdar | TLC Book Tours

  1. […] “If you are fond of reading a book which presents characters so real you believe the struggles in the book’s pages to also be real, coupled with a beautiful love story which gives hope to those who struggle in similar ways on life’s journey, then The Isolation Door is for your shelf!” -Found Between the Covers […]


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  3. 5eyedbookworm February 19, 2014 at 3:31 am Reply

    I love character-driven books and books that deal with difficult issues such as mental illness. I’ve read so many great things about this book and I am convinced even more to read it after reading your review. I find books like this to be really uplifting. Thank you for the recommendation 🙂


    • Sherrey Meyer February 19, 2014 at 5:09 pm Reply

      I’m glad my review caught your attention. I truly found this book highly informative and despite the sadness of its main character’s life, it was an enjoyable read because of his ability to rise above the fray.


  4. Heather J. @ TLC February 16, 2014 at 5:02 pm Reply

    Thanks for being a part of the tour – I’m glad you enjoyed this book!


    • Sherrey Meyer February 16, 2014 at 7:44 pm Reply

      Heather, thanks for including me in the tour. I am disappointed I didn’t get more readers. This is an absolutely great book about an issue which affects a large portion of our society. Anish did a stellar job of bringing reality to the page. I look forward to more tours with TLC.


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