THE ISOLATION DOOR: A novel ~Anish Majumdar
“Anish Majumdar examines the inner world of the mentally ill and their gravitational pull on the people around them”
Always when I open a book I am hoping for good writing and an interesting story line, THE ISOLATION DOOR is full of good words, motion, and emotion; the reader is hooked right into Neil’s life and issues. You are in the midst of the tension with this 23 year old fellow attempting to get his mother to sign the papers so that he will have tuition money for college; it is the last moments before his mother will be transported to a Public Health Facility and committed for Schizophrenia.
Neil Kapoor is working to figure out his own life, to discover the part he will play in this world as he works to escape the confines of his mother’s mental illness and the family’s cultural heritage as immigrants. His father is the primary caregiver for his mother and also a professor in Computer Science at the college across the street from their home. Neil has no friends and his family has been nearly abandoned by their Bengali community; he reaches out to an Aunt to find his way into the college drama program.
THE ISOLATON DOOR is also a story that exposes the idea that everyone, every person has problems – struggles to sort out and learn from. Every person needs to figure out how they will react and act to what they encounter; what they might need to endure, and what they can abandon. When do you trust enough to share the truth and what happens when you omit the details?
THE ISOLATION DOOR is about friendship, love and the disconnection which results from the fear of Mental Illness or even change. How do we open and close that door when we have felt abandoned and are alone? What if that problem is from your own genetic coding and you will be the next to succumb?
Anish Majumdar is a journalist who experienced firsthand the trials of a parent with Schizophrenia. He has a forceful writing style and when combined with his knowledge of family structures, cultural expectations, and experience it is a very believable fictional tale.
Having experienced this isolation which comes from fear, I could identify with the story and the author. The book was reassuring that we all do not live out our lives in this isolation and that we have choice in nearly every situation. Sometimes the caretakers are overcome and they need assistance; it is these moments of acute decision making that change lives and outcomes are decided. This book reminds us that we are not alone.
Video Interview by Majumdar about when he realized the person he loved, his mother, was gone