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Bill Cheng - Author

About the Author

Bill Cheng has received a B.A. 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. Southern Cross the Dog is his first novel and has received praise from National Book Award-winner Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin, Pulitzer prize-winner and author of The Known World, Edward P Jones, and Nathan Englander, author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.

Featured books by Bill Cheng

Southern Cross the Dog

Southern Cross the Dog

Author: Bill Cheng Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2014

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.

Other books by Bill Cheng

Southern Cross the Dog

Southern Cross the Dog

Author: Bill Cheng Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2014

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.

Southern Cross the Dog

Southern Cross the Dog

Author: Bill Cheng Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2013

An epic odyssey in which a young man must choose between the lure of the future and the claims of the pastWith 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 stormbringing with it the Great Flood of 1927but 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 storms aftermath, Robert embarks on a journey through the Mississippi hinterlandfrom a desperate refugee camp to the fiery brothel Hotel Beau-Miel and into the states 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 Roberts conviction that hes marked by the devil and nearly destroying his will to survive. And just when he seems to shake off his demons, hes forced to make an impossible choice that will test him as never before.Teeming with language that voices both the savage beauty and the complex humanity of the American South, Southern Cross the Dog is a tour de force of literary imagination that heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.

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