Released on 24 October 2013.

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Southern Cross the Dog

3.16 based on 1027 ratings & 198 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

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 media

You can feel the blues leaking out the edges of the pages.
Irish Sunday Independent
Cheng jumps between times and place with superb power and assurance, driving his epic story up to the second world war. His writing fizzes with invention; he characters jump right off the page.
The Times
Readers will enjoy Cheng's capacity for channelling classic southern voices, mind-sets, moods and mores.
Financial Times