Friday 56 &#BookBeginnings: The Isolation Door

For Book Beginnings:
The first memory I have of my mother is her straddling an open window, pink sari bunched around her waist like a protective cushion, shouting she'd jump.
- p. 1

For Friday 56:
The smell of hyacinths drifted from the overgrown front yard as a stuffed scarecrow with broken corn stalks for hair stood guard. I went up the steps to the front door, glancing back once at the bike path and street beyond. A few cars went past, headlights scanning the darkness like black moles. 
- p. 56

Synopsis of the Isolation Door by Anish Majumdar: Neil Kapoor, 23, finds the fragile threads of a new life threatened by a mother's descent into schizophrenia.

The debut novel of acclaimed journalist Anish Majumdar examines the inner world of the mentally ill and those within their gravitational pull. A mother's delusions of Bollywood stardom become a son's raw materials for finding happiness beyond her shadow. Enlisting the aid of an Aunt with means and questionable motives, Neil finds love and forms crucial friendships. But when the life he's kept secret begins to crumble, a choice must be made: family or freedom? Intimate in approach and devastating in impact, The Isolation Door marks the arrival of a unique talent in American letters.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated towards schizophrenia research and treatment.

Tomorrow I will be posting my review and holding a giveaway of this book, so please pretty please come back! This talks about mental illness and I thought this was an amazing read. You probably hear me say that quite a lot lately. Shall we just say that the right books have landed in my hands?

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  1. Replies
    1. great picture. and pretty scary too, to have that as your first memory of your mother!!

  2. Great opening; the premise of this book sounds really interesting (and awesome that some of the proceeds of the sales will go towards research)! Thanks for sharing it, happy Friday :)

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  3. Looking forward to your review. I love the beginning and 56, what a crazy ride it must have been with her mother.
    Happy weekend!

  4. The beginning definitely grabbed me and made me want to know more, and I loved the description from Page 56. This sounds like an excellent book.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: HANK & CHLOE.

  5. Sounds interesting. I like the cover too.

    THANKS for sharing.

    I didn't get a chance to do a post, but I just finished THE FEVER TREE. It is a beautiful, powerful, mesmerizing book.

    Reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Shelfari, Booklikes, etc.

    Review will be on my blog along with a giveaway on February 21.

    Meanwhile, there are two giveaways on my blog if you want to stop by.


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