Firstly I wish to thank Serena M. Agusto-Cox of Poetic Book Tours for inviting me to read and review LOUISANA CATCH by Sweta Srivastava Vikram
PUBLISHER: Modern History Press April 2018
Ahana, a wealthy thirty-three-year-old New Delhi woman, flees the pain of her mother’s death and her dark past by accepting a huge project in New Orleans, where she’ll coordinate the Annual Women’s Conference to raise awareness around violence against women. Her half-Indian, half-Irish colleague and public relations guru, Rohan Brady, who helps Ahana develop her online presence, offends her prim sensibilities with his raunchy humor. She is convinced that he’s a womanizer. Meanwhile, she seeks relief from her pain in an online support group, where she makes a good friend: the mercurial Jay Dubois, who is also grieving the loss of his mother. Her work in the U.S. and the online medium brings the two men into her life, and Ahana learns that neither is what he seems. With their differing sensibilities on a collision course, Ahana finds herself in a dangerous situation—and she discovers a side of herself that she never realized she had.
Louisiana Catch is an emotionally immersive novel about trust and who we project ourselves to be in the world. It’s a book about Ahana’s unreliable instincts and her ongoing battle to determine whom to place her faith in as she, Rohan, and Jay shed layers of their identities.
As Ahana matures from a victim of domestic sexual abuse into a global feminist leader, she must confront her issues: both with the men in her life and, ultimately, with her own instincts. Whom can she rely on to have her best interests at heart?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Who can we trust if we can’t trust ourselves? This story begins in New Delhi not long after 33-year-old Ahana has divorced her husband and moved back in with her wealthy family. It has brought shame on them all but no-one knows of the physical, mental and sexual abuse that her husband has put her through on a daily basis. Ahana is more than happy to let her mother to make even the smallest decisions for her but when her mum suddenly dies the bubble that she had got use to protecting her was gone. She had to learn to stand on her own two feet for the first time.
When the opportunity comes up to head a project in New Orleans for the Annual Conference to raise awareness of violence against women, it seems like the perfect leap forward for Ahana. It is really the first time in her life that she has to stand on her own two feet. Although she is apprehensive about her new role especially with the sometimes over bearing Rohan that she has to co-ordinate with on the project. Still struggling with her mother’s sudden death, Ahana joins an online grief support group where she is quickly befriended by Jay.
This is a very modern-day story where traditions of generations are still followed, with stigmas that at times put blame of some decisions on the wrong people. I loved the mix of traditional and modern themes in the story. Ahana was very vulnerable prey which was perfectly executed in the story both in her culture and modern life. There are so many issues that are touched on, all in various degrees but all very relevant and believable for the main character.
The changes in Ahana was subtle as the story progressed and her confidence built. I really rooted for Ahana loved the ending. Super story.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sweta Srivastava Vikram is a best-selling author of 11 books, a wellness columnist, and a mindfulness writing coach. Featured by Asian Fusion as “one of the most influential Asians of our time,” Sweta writes about women, multiculturalism, and identity. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and other publications across nice countries and three continents. Louisiana Catch (Modern History Press 2018) is her debut U.S. novel. Born in India, Sweta grew up between the Indian Himalayas, Northern Africa, and the United States collecting and sharing stories. Exposure to this vast societal spectrum inspired her to become an advocate for social issues and also to get certified as a Holistic Health Counselor. In this avatar, Sweta is the CEO-Founder of NimmiLife through which she helps people elevate their productivity and creativity using Ayurveda and yoga. A certified yoga teacher, Sweta also teaches yoga and mindfulness to female survivors of rape and domestic violence. She lives with her husband in New York City.
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