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With clouds looming ominously on the horizon, a group of children play among the roots of the gnarled Bone Tree. Their games will be interrupted by a merciless storm, bringing with it the Great Flood of 1927, but not before Robert Chatham shares his first kiss with the beautiful young Dora. The flood destroys their homes, disperses their families, and wrecks their innocence. But for Robert, a boy whose family has already survived unspeakable pain, that single kiss will sustain him for years to come.

Losing virtually everything in the storm’s aftermath, Robert embarks on a journey through the Mississippi hinterland, from a desperate refugee camp to the fiery brothel Hotel Beau-Miel and into the state’s fearsome swamp, meeting piano-playing hustlers, well-intentioned whores, and a family of fierce and wild fur trappers along the way. But trouble follows close on his heels, fueling Robert’s conviction that he’s marked by the devil and nearly destroying his will to survive. And just when he seems to shake off his demons, he’s forced to make an impossible choice that will test him as never before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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…Cheng, almost literally, writes out of his skin.” 

    Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning author of Let the Great World Spin

  • “With its evocative settings and rich McCarthyesque language, this Southern gothic packs a punch like a mean drunk.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A novel in the great Southern tradition; think Cormac McCarthy or a 21st-century Faulkner…This book is a winner for lovers of plot; tough, lyrical writing; history; and the trials of the deep South.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Vividly imagined, frequently poetic…It’s hard to resist the sweep of Southern history…the way Cheng makes the devil as palpably real as the natural world that he pervades…A strong voice and a compelling achievement.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Cheng’s darkly rhapsodic language is so imaginative and highly charged that each word seems newly forged.”

    Booklist (starred review)

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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.