Southern Cross the Dog Bill Cheng, a 29-year-old Chinese-American New York native, dares to set his lyrical debut in the Jim Crow-era Delta region. Southern Cross the Dog follows… Southern Cross the Dog Bill Cheng, a 29-year-old Chinese-American New York native, dares to set his lyrical debut in the Jim Crow-era Delta region. Southern Cross the Dog follows… 2013-05-07 Fiction Ecco Press
Book Review

Southern Cross the Dog (2013)

SOUTHERN CROSS THE DOG by Bill Cheng
SOUTHERN CROSS THE DOG by Bill Cheng
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 07, 2013; Writer: Bill Cheng; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Ecco Press

Bill Cheng, a 29-year-old Chinese-American New York native, dares to set his lyrical debut in the Jim Crow-era Delta region. Southern Cross the Dog follows Robert Lee Chatham as he barely survives the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 as a child and then struggles as a young black man in the racist South. Along the way he encounters a tragic brothel owner, a blues pianist with dark powers, and white fur trappers who hold him hostage. Cheng's sun-scorched prose recalls William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Cormac McCarthy. Not bad for a first-timer. A-

Originally posted Jun 12, 2013 Published in issue #1264 Jun 21, 2013 Order article reprints