Southern Cross the Dog

Southern Cross the Dog

by Bill Cheng
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Southern Cross the Dog by Bill Cheng

In the tradition of Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor, Bill Cheng’s Southern Cross the Dog is an epic literary debut in which the bonds between three childhood friends are upended by the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. In its aftermath, one young man must choose between the lure of the future and the claims of the past.
 
Having lost virtually everything in the fearsome storm—home, family, first love—Robert Chatham embarks on an odyssey that takes him through the deep South, from the desperation of a refugee camp to the fiery and raucous brothel Hotel Beau-Miel and into the Mississippi hinterland, where he joins a crew hired to clear the swamp and build a dam.

Along his journey he encounters piano-playing hustlers, ne’er-do-well Klansmen, well-intentioned whores, and a family of fur trappers, the L’Etangs, whose very existence is threatened by the swamp-clearing around them. The L’Etang brothers are fierce and wild but there is something soft about their cousin Frankie, possibly the only woman capable of penetrating Robert’s darkest places and overturning his conviction that he’s marked by the devil.

Teeming with language that renders both the savage beauty and complex humanity of our shared past, Southern Cross the Dog is a tour de force that heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594730293
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 183,692
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bill Cheng received a BA in creative writing from Baruch College and is a graduate of Hunter College's MFA program. Born and raised in Queens, New York, he currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife. Southern Cross the Dog is his first novel.

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Southern Cross the Dog 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Southern Cross the Dog" by Bill Cheng will sing the blues to those who feel and understand them. It defines all the evil in this world, the human suffering, and life itself. It transcends stereotypes. The writing is mesmerizing. The scenes are haunting and vivid. You feel like you are watching an epic movie; all the voices, all the colors coming alive. They will get under your skin. They will be sealed in you forever. This novel is going to become a classic one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this up because EW gave it a great grade and I see why. This novel is brilliant. It deals with a lonesome part of Louisana and a way of life, trapping, that is long gone. A beautiful historical novel set in the deep south during the early 1900's. Highly recommended.
NickyCaffey More than 1 year ago
This is a great coming of age story. The writing is crisp and quick. A truly remarkable book.
Jennifer Gray More than 1 year ago
Bought this as a present solely based on the description and it was perfect! He loves it!
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