Like Sean O’Brien, the hero of Clueless in Calcutta, author Louis R. Vincent grew up in California and graduated from a prestigious law school, where he was an editor of the Law Review. And like Sean, he traveled to India in pursuit of fame and fortune. Sadly, the similarities end there. In 2012, before Lou could achieve his dreams, a tragic cow accident landed him in Kolkata’s notorious Alipore Central Jail for a seven year stretch. A natural storyteller, now with time on his hands, he decided to share his tales of India with the world. For more than a year, Lou wrote Clueless in Calcutta longhand on available scrap paper. He then employed Rollie, his trusty pet dung beetle, to smuggle out the pages to his waiting publisher. Although Rollie performed valiantly throughout this long odyssey, it seems likely some pages were lost or delivered out of sequence. This would explain any weaknesses in plot or dialogue the reader of Clueless in Calcutta might discern.
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Publisher’s note: A portion of the sale of each copy of Clueless in Calcutta will be donated to the Lou Vincent Legal Defense Fund, in hopes of bringing Lou home before his scheduled release date of April 6, 2019. Beyond the personal satisfaction this will undoubtedly bring you, there is the added bonus that you may be able to deduct a portion of the purchase price from your taxes! (Don’t forget to subtract the fair market value of the benefit you derive from reading the book––which the Publisher estimates to be approximately 25 Indian rupees.) Consult your tax professional. On the downside, some of the Fund will undoubtedly be expended on assorted bribes, which will likely subject US residents to prosecution under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Consult your legal counsel.
Drop Lou a line at: Lou@CluelessInCalcutta.com