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Guest Book Review: Louisiana Catch by Sweta Srivastava Vikram

Another Sharon review for you today. If you haven’t already seen them and you’re curious, you can find her other reviews here. Have a good one and enjoy today’s feature!

Social media is a hot topic in today’s world – as is the importance of empowering women to share their strong voices in our modern world. Sweta captures the aforementioned topics with zest, passion, and insight that are rare finds in fiction today – let alone in one novel.

I’m going to give you the blurb on this one, because I think it’s important to understand what Sweta Vikram aimed at – and succeeded in – accomplishing with this fantastic book:

“Louisiana Catch, Vikram’s debut novel (she has 11 other books of poetry and non-fiction) is being published April 10, 2018 to coincide with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The book draws from Sweta’s experience as a health counselor for abused women, where she employs yoga and mindful meditation as a means to heal.

It is a story about Ahana, a 33-year-old New Delhi woman who is facing the psychological consequences sustained from an abusive ex-husband, while also grieving the unexpected death of her mother. Ahana arrives in New Orleans to run a feminist conference where her instincts are put to the test. She meets a man in an online support group, must escape a catfishing stalker and open her heart to the possibilities of friendship and love. Louisiana Catch is an emotionally immersive novel about identity, shame, and who we project ourselves to be in the world. Ahana must make hard choices in her ongoing battle to determine whom to place her trust in.”

As an avid reader of self-help books, I would recommend this novel as an inspirational tale for women and for those who find themselves mired in a world of social media. It encompasses the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of a society that increasingly seems to only “talk” online – a venue that is imperfect for interpersonal communication not least because of the many opportunities for misinterpretation.

We are all more vulnerable because of the loss of privacy in our media lives. The #MeToo movement has brought to light the devastation that follows the victimization of women in our world. There truly is “NO EXCUSE” – a message that seems to become more important every day, with every new revelation. Vikram’s deeply humanistic story blatantly exposes the problems posed by identity shame and projected images, and does so in a writing style that is superbly readable and was thoroughly enjoyable, even when difficult to read.

I enjoyed this book immensely and am looking forward to previous and future books by this author.

My review copy of Louisiana Catch was provided by the author and her publicists. This provision in no way shaped my review.

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