Excerpt from "Louisiana Catch" by Sweta Srivastava Vikram

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Synopsis

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"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?"

Excerpt

People still called me beta, an endearing term for a child, even though I was well into my thirties. If only I could tell Mumma that her beta was living in hell. If only I could share with her what happened in our bedroom every night after sundown. Dev was so charming around everybody—Mumma too had approved when Dev proposed to me. People wanted to be him and with him. Dev, with his long face, breezy eyelashes, and sharp features, was the life of every party. 

Me? I was so timid in my own marriage and life.

I didn't say anything to Mumma.

She ran her hands through my hair. "Whenever you are ready to talk, I will never judge you. You know that, right?"

Louisiana Catch is to be released in April 10. You can pre-order it here. Also read my interview with Sweta about her debut U.S. novel over at Luna Luna Magazine for more information.

 
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Sweta Srivastava Vikram, featured by Asian Fusion as “one of the most influential Asians of our time,” is a best-selling author of 12 books, five-times Pushcart Prize nominee, mindfulness writing coach, social issues advocate, and a certified yoga & Ayurveda counselor who helps people lead creative, productive, and healthier lives. Louisiana Catch (Modern History Press 2018) is her debut U.S. novel and featured on U.K.'s list of "Books to Read in 2018." Born in India, Sweta spent her formative years between the Indian Himalayas, North Africa, and the United States collecting and sharing stories. She writes about women, multiculturalism, wellness, and identity. Sweta, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, amongst other publications, across nine countries on three continents, is an award-winning writer and graduate of Columbia University. She lives in New York City with her husband and in her spare time, teaches yoga to female survivors of rape and domestic violence. She is also the CEO-Founder of a wellness company, www.NimmiLife.com. You can find her in these online spaces: Twitter (@swetavikram), Instagram (@swetavikram), and Facebook