Louisiana Catch

December 6, 2020
Louisiana Catch

A grieving daughter and abuse survivor must summon thecourage to run a feminist conference, trust a man she meets overthe Internet, and escape a catfishing stalker to find herpower.Ahana, a wealthy thirty-three-year-old New Delhi woman, fleesthe pain of her mother's death, and her dark past, by accepting ahuge project in New Orleans, where she'll coordinate an annualconference to raise awareness of violence against women. Herhalf-Indian, half-Irish colleague and public relations guru, RohanBrady, who helps Ahana develop her online presence, offends herprim sensibilities with his raunchy humor. She is convinced thathe's a womanizer.Meanwhile, she seeks relief from her pain in an online supportgroup, where she makes a good friend: the mercurial Jay Dubois, whois also grieving the loss of his mother. Louisiana Catch is anemotionally immersive novel about identity, shame, and who weproject ourselves to be in the world. It's a book about Ahana'sunreliable instincts and her ongoing battle to deter-mine whom toplace her trust in as she, Rohan, and Jay shed layers of theiridentities."Louisiana Catch is a triumph. In Ahana, Sweta Vikram hascreated an unforgettable character, strong, wise, and deeply human,who'll inspire a new generation struggling to come to terms withtheir identity in a world of blurring identities."—KARAN BAJAJ, New York Times bestselling author, The Yoga ofMax's Discontent"In Louisiana Catch, Sweta Vikram brings life to the complexhuman rights issue of violence against women. Through one woman'sjourney to make sense of her past and ultimately heal, Vikram showsus that yoga can reconnect us to ourselves, and that by empoweringothers, we transform our own lives."—ZOE LEPAGE, Founder, Exhale to Inhale"Louisiana Catch perfectly captures what it means to be human ina digital world, where support groups meet online, love interestsflirt on Twitter, and people get confused with personas. Equalparts tender and playful, moving and hopeful, Vikram's proseconnects us with timeless truths about grief and redemption in asatisfyingly modern way."—STEPHANIE PATERIK, Managing Editor, Adweek