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A grieving daughter and abuse survivor must summon the courage to run a feminist conference, trust a man she meets over the Internet, and escape a catfishing stalker to find her power.
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 an annual
Paperback, 268 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Modern History Press
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DJ Sakata
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Favorite Quotes:

Ms. Pamela signed off her tweets with “xoxo,” but I chose to read it as “I am a ho.”

Silence has the deepest voice.

Michael loved eating garlic naan with butter chicken. And he would sweat, like a hosepipe burst in his body, after eating raw green chilis with onions with all his Indian meals.

Life is too short to give another minute to anyone or anything that doesn’t make you happy.

My Review:

I struggled to get through this one. While the premise was topical and impor
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
I was sent a copy of this book by the author for an honest review. This book tackles a lot of important topics and is very timely. Ahana is the central figure in the book and we first meet her while she is living with her parents in New Delhi. She is recently divorced and carries shame as this isn’t done in her culture. She keeps hidden the secret of the true nature of her marriage. Her husband became emotionally, physically, and sexually abusive but she doesn’t divulge this to her family and fr ...more
Candi Sary
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
'Louisiana Catch' brings to life intriguing characters while confronting important social issues. Ahana is a wealthy thirty-three-year-old New Deli woman who is both vulnerable and strong as she makes her way from victim to advocate. It’s very timely that Sweta Vikram has written a novel about violence against women as well as the confusion of online identities. These themes are thought provoking and yet the book is not too heavy. The story itself has a touch of lightness with its personality an ...more
Claude Forthomme
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is on several levels a remarkable novel, a book for our #MeToo age. It addresses the recurrent major themes of women's fiction - events centered around marriage and friends, the search for happiness, showcasing a strong woman who overcomes multiple obstacles - but it goes beyond them, adding a new twist that makes this book a not-to-be-missed read, including for those who do not normally read in the genre. You are in the hands of a professional writer and a remarkably talented storyteller. ...more
Susan Hampson
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-reads
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 ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Louisiana Catch is a female empowering novel about Ahana, a New Delhi woman who has recently escaped and divorced her sexually abusive husband. When her mother dies unexpectedly she throws herself into her work planning a conference in New Orleans to raise awareness of violence against women.

Despite the fact that Ahana and I come from vastly different backgrounds and cultures and I have never been sexually violated to the degree that she has, I still found my self deeply connecting to her charac
Shawna Briseno
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Rich in culture with deeply intriguing characters, this is a story that touches on important social and cultural issues. A bit rambling at times, too wordy at others, still a decent read.
Kayla Krantz
~I received a free copy for my honest review~

I’m rating Louisiana Catch 5 out of 5 stars but honestly, I wish I could rate it so much higher. This is perhaps one of the best books I’ve read in the past year and half. Dealing with real issues with both a captivating setting and wonderful characters, Louisiana Catch pulls the readers into Ahana’s world and holds them there.

After finally divorcing from her abusive husband, Dev, Ahana is working to get her life back together. She finds comfort in th
Joyce Yarrow
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Louisiana Catch is both an ode to women who have survived sexual abuse and a fierce examination of the meaning of personal freedom in modern society. All of this is accomplished through the voice of Ahana, a young divorcee whose strengths and weaknesses illuminate the complexity and resilience of the human spirit. Ahana takes responsibility for her choices in a refreshing and often humorous manner, striving to help others in the midst of her own heartbreak and confusion. She chooses love over bi ...more
Rebecca Reviews
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sweta Srivastava Vikram’s Louisiana Catch is unique and features important issues but is bogged down by choppy writing, a dragging plot, and inconsistent characters.

Our protagonist is Ahana, a wealthy New Delhi woman who is struggling after a painful divorce and the death of her beloved mother. She goes to America to coordinate a Women’s Conference to raise awareness about violence towards women. Ahana encounters two men who impact on her journey as she recovers from her dark past. She befriend
Joseph Langen
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review of Louisiana Catch by Joseph Langen

I have discovered that some novels serve as an escape from the daily grind. Others offer an insight into human nature. Louisiana Catch is a novel of the second sort. From what I learned of this novel before starting it, I expected to encounter two cultures different from my own. One was that of India and the other was the fellowship of abuse survivors.

With this in mind, I discovered the protagonist Ahana balancing her Indian culture and the American one.
Farnoosh Brock
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs
The author furnished me with a copy of Louisiana Catch, and I'm so glad I decided to read it. I was reading this book while flying and staying in Vegas where I go to study with my yoga teacher privately, and so yoga is a huge part of my life. I could appreciate that the protagonist has a similar appreciation, and the author weaves in short & sweet Yoga 101 tidbits along the way.

I'm glad too that I was too busy to review the book right away. I love when the characters and the story swirl around
Toni Gomez
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book!

I did not know what to expect from the book. I don't read alot of fiction books anymore. So personally for me the beginning of the book was dramatic and I was very emotional. I felt compelled to read more of it from the beginning circumstance that literally hurt my heart and evoked tears. I found the mother/daughter theme that runs throughout the book to be of special interest to me. I was interested in the mother's wisdom and voice through out the story and found it to be mo
Lynda Stevens
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Louisiana Catch is the story of a wealthy socialite from Delhi who marries the wrong man. He sadistically abuses her until she divorces him, but then there is the social stigma in Delhi to face of being a divorcee. Then there is a double blow, with the death of her mother and she breaks down. Ahana is a profoundly damaged individual.

She joins an online community to get help in rebuilding her self esteem and her life. The internet presents her with a new challenge through two new encounters. It w
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Louisiana Catch, Sweta Srivastava Vikram tackles the important subject of violence against women. She has created the character of Ahana, a wealthy New Delhi woman who is recovering from a horrifying, abusive marriage, her subsequent divorce and finally, the death of her beloved mother. At the same time, she accepts a position to head a world-wide conference on this same issue. Through her work on the conference, she becomes friendly with a male colleague, who challenges her perceptions of me ...more
Rhiannon Johnson
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Looking for a novel about modern humanity and the blurring of online and real life identities?

(Thank you to the author and publisher for my complementary copy of this release)

In full disclosure: I have been Twitter and Instagram friends with the author, Sweta Vikram, for years and she inspires me every day. I found it fitting that this novel examines what many of us ask ourselves about our online friendships and identities. In Louisiana Catch, Vikram's characters play well off each other and he
Cathryn Wellner
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
Though a smart, professional woman, Ahana is a suffering survivor. She is wary of relationships after a harrowingly abusive marriage.

That does not slow her professionally. The New Delhi woman is working across continents to organize a conference that will be held in New Orleans, a gathering intended to draw attention to violence against women. That brings her into the orbits of two men, both of whom will challenge her in ways that will shatter both her fears and her hopes about safety and trust
Lacey Elizabeth
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was sent an ARC from Sweta and it in no way influences my thoughts and opinions for this book.
I LOVED it!!! Things you can expect from this book- romance, feminism, culture, thrilling/dramatic scenes, and family aspects.
While reading this book I just wanted to reach my arms inside to Ahana and give her a hug. She has been through so much and is still going through a lot of tough situations that made me so sad for her. She is so strong but also had some weaknesses, which I think made her seem
Crystal Zavala
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tlcbooktours
Read this book!

I was in a huge book slump and I was nervous about picking up my next book. I am so glad that I grabbed Louisiana Catch! It has everything that I want in a book; realistic characters, feminism, romance, mystery... And it's written by an Indian woman!

Ahana is single woman who is recently divorced from her physically abusive ex-husband. Her supportive mother has recently passed away and she is trying to move forward in New Delhi, India. The relationships and interactions that she ha
Courtney Skelton
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. A well written story of one woman struggling to find her place in the world. Thought provoking, and in a lot of respects, sad. It was sad to realize women are not even close to be thought of as equals. Sweta has created the perfect poster child for what every man that thinks about taking advantage of a woman for her vulnerabilities for his own pleasure. It details how the digital world we live in can be so manipulative, devio ...more
Kelsey Lubke
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Louisiana Catch was a surprising read that I couldn’t put down. The story switches between India and America in a way that takes two worlds and moves them a little bit closer, sharing a common problem of violence against women in a way that is refreshing and topical during the #metoo movement. Sweta Vikram writes from the interesting perspective of Ahana, who is both a survivor and an activist, following her in both roles with a romantic twist thrown in. I will and have recommended this book to ...more
Katie Phillips
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
You can't help but feel connected to her characters! The suspense and mystery of her online support group friend kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. You root for Ahana and that she finds her happiness but also continues to stay safe. Thanks for the ARC for my honest review and rating. ...more
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Louisiana Catch

By Sweta Srivastava Vikram

265 pages

Modern History Press
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

April 2018 Fiction

ISBN 9781615993543 (ePub, PDF, Kindle, ebook) $5.35
ISBN 9781615993529 (softcover, acid-free paper) $21.95
ISBN 9781615993536 (hardcover, acid-free paper) $30.09

Caught by surprise, reading about a young lady living and working in New Delhi, I wondered why was Louisiana Catch the title. This became clear later when Ahana visited New Orleans to be with family and to work. I was glad to becom
Judy Morris
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was very well written. It kept me wondering what was going to happen from page to page. This is the first time I read this author and it was very good and I highly recommend it. Good author and great book. Thank you for giving me the chance to read it.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“To find yourself, think for yourself.” ~ Socrates

India born New York author Sweta Srivastava Vikram spent her formative years between the Indian Himalayas, North Africa, and the United States collecting and sharing stories about women, multiculturalism, wellness, and identity. She has been featured by Asian Fusion as “one of the most influential Asians of our time” - she is a proponent of mindfulness writing coach, headstand-devotee, and a certified yoga & Ayurveda counselor who helps people le
Tahseen Nakavi
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Louisiana Catch, written by Sweta Srivastava Vikram, is a book on empowerment and about the journey of a woman who faces terrible situations with an admirable amount of strength and determination. This book will force you to feel, not just for Ahana but also for the millions of other women in the world who face similar hardships, but are not allowed to say anything.

The book is written from the point of view of the protagonist- Ahana’s- perspective. Ahana is a strong and inspiring female charact
Julie Failla Earhart
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I was offered a chance to review this book by the author, I jumped at it. I like the to-the-point summary she gave: “The book is about a grieving daughter and abuse survivor who must summon the courage to run a feminist conference, trust a man she meets over the internet, and escape a catfishing stalker to find her power.” What I wasn’t prepared for was how terrifying it would be.

Thanks to her mumma, Ahanna has recently filed from divorce from her abusive husband. Her life with sex-addict D
Donadee's Corner
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Louisiana Catch Written by Sweta Srivastava Vikram
Death, abuse, and a stalker drive a New Delhi woman to Louisiana….

A grieving daughter and abuse survivor must summon the courage to run a feminist conference, trust a man she meets over the Internet, and escape a catfishing stalker to find her power. 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 an annual confer
Girl from Mumbai
Politics, History & Mythology are my favorite genres of reading. Therefore I usually avoid fiction as much as I can. So when I received an advanced reading copy of “Louisiana Catch” by @swetavikram who I have known for a while, I thought I should atleast give the book a try. And I am glad I did because once I gave the book my time, it delivered a thoroughly enjoyable story that I had to finish.

The book is a story of a modern young woman called “Ahana,” who divorces her abusive husband and moves
Danielle Urban
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Louisiana Catch by Sweta Vikram is like a drug. It pulls you into its depth and hooks you inside of its journey. This was one epic path that the writer lead me on...I was intrigued. A woman, Ahana, finds herself on one of the most complicated and dangerous situations a woman should never be found in, yet Ahana does. She lost her mother, and she soon becomes a victim to her husband's brutal sexual torment. Rape is ongoing issue women worldwide still face.

This issue should be solved yet so many fa
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Sweta Srivastava Vikram (www.swetavikram.com), featured by Asian Fusion as “one of the most influential Asians of our time,” is an award-winning writer, five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Amazon bestselling author of 11 books, writing coach, columnist, marketing consultant, and wellness practitioner who currently lives in New York City. She teaches the power of yoga, Ayurveda, & mindful living to f ...more

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