Brothers Jake and Pigeon drown an immigrant fisherman when they scuttle a shrimp boat in the shallow, muddy waters of Biloxi Bay. Secrets from Vietnam wash away in the shifting tide until Anh Thuong, the dead man’s daughter stumbles upon a war-time journal and resurrects the truth. Hoping to find peace and resolution for her family, she confronts the brothers’ father, Vietnam veteran Rex Thompson, with another crime committed two decades before. Rex, now caught in a whirlpool of lies and poor choices, must decide to either shelter his sons or seek mercy from those he harmed.
Bycatch is a story of greed and forgiveness as Southern and Vietnamese cultures tangle on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Publisher: Touchpoint Press
Publication Date: 2022
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Alexander Blevens hails from the coastal mountains of Northern California, his boyhood home. He studied biochemistry at the University of California, and medicine at Northwestern University, before launching his career as an orthopedic surgeon, specializing in hand surgery.
The Air Force brought him to the South, but it was a “belle from New Orleans” who made him a Southerner. He and his wife raised four successful children on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and now enjoy the company of a half-dozen grandchildren. After a satisfying surgical career, Alexander retired from medicine to pursue a wide range of other interests, including travel, fishing, woodworking, long walks on the beach, and driving a hand-me-down BMW 328i.
Though most of his publications have been in technical journals, he has always owned a talent of stitching words together into tall tales and other narratives of pure fiction. He maintains a blog called Seymour American, where he posts many of his short stories.