'An incredibly daring and powerful debut. Not only does Bill Cheng set the language on fire in Southern Cross the Dog , but he creates a whole new territory of story-telling. One of the great literary enterprises is the ability to understand 'otherness,' and Cheng proves masterful in his ability to dwell in another era and place, while still remaining rooted in the landscape of the human heart. Cheng, almost literally, writes out of his skin.' Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin
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When the Great Flood of 1927 devastates Mississippi, eight-year-old Robert Chatham loses everything.
Robert's adventures in the brooding swamplands - from hard labour to imprisonment to thwarted love - are full of courage, danger and heartbreak. This is story of how a small, hurt boy becomes a tough, young man: forced to choose between the lure of the future and the claims of his past.
Set against one of the great American landscapes, Southern Cross the Dog is a mesmerizing and savagely beautiful novel. It marks the arrival of Bill Cheng as a writer of astonishing gifts.
In the tradition of Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Connor, Bill Cheng leads the new generation of great American novelists.