Bill Cheng: Southern Cross The Dog
Thursday June 6, 2013
Bill Cheng read from and discussed his debut novel, Southern Cross The Dog.
Colum McCann, author of the National Book Award winning Let the Great World Spin calls Southern Cross The Dog, “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.”
About Southern Cross The Dog
Robert Chatham, the only remaining son of Etta and Ellis, has witnessed more in his twenty-odd years than most people experience in a lifetime, including the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, which destroyed his home, dispersed his friends, and ruined his family. Yet it is not until after the Flood that he becomes convinced he’s cursed, forever bad-crossed.
Whether he’s hired to run errands at the brothel Beau-Miel or clear land to make way for electricity and “progress,” trouble follows Robert, nearly destroying his will to survive. But just when he seems to shake his demons, Robert is forced to make an impossible choice that will test him as never before.
Teeming with language that voices both the savage beauty and complex humanity of the American South, Southern Cross the Dog is a tour de force of literary imagination and heralds the arrival of a major new force in fiction.