Debut Novel by Alexander Blevens

Release Spring 2022

              Ne’er-do-well brothers Jake and Pigeon scuttle a shrimp boat in the shallow, muddy waters of Biloxi Bay and drown an immigrant fisherman. In the shifting tide, secrets from Vietnam wash away until Anh Thuong, the fisherman’s daughter stumbles upon a war-time journal and resurrects the truth. Hoping to find resolution for her family, she confronts the brothers’ father, Vietnam veteran Rex Thompson.

              For two decades, Rex has tried to forget a crime he committed in the war and the man who witnessed it. Now, with felonies of their own, his sons force him to reconcile his past. Rex must choose to either shelter his sons from the law or seek mercy for himself.

              Bycatch is a story of greed and forgiveness as Southern and Vietnamese cultures tangle on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“Life is the sum of your choices.”

Albert Camus

“Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.”

Kahlil Gibran

“By·catch” noun\ˈbī-ˌkach, -ˌkech\: the portion of a commercial fishing catch that consists of marine animals caught unintentionally.

Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged

Selective Reading

  • Vo, Nghia M. The Vietnamese Boat People: 1954 and 1975-1992. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2006.
  • Rutledge, Paul James. The Vietnamese Experience in America. Indiana University Press, 1992.
  • Durrenberger, E. Paul. Gulf Coast Soundings: People & Policy in the Mississippi Shrimp Industry. University Press of Kansas, 1996.
  • Wiest, Andrew. Vietnam’s Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN. New York University Press, 2008.
  • Karnow, Stanley. Vietnam: A History. Penguin Books, 1984.
  • Sorley, Lewis. A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America’s Last Years in Vietnam. Harcourt, Inc, 1999.

TouchPoint Press


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