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Southern Cross the Dog

(2013)
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An epic odyssey in which a young man must choose between the lure of the future and the claims of the past.

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.

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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"An incredibly daring and powerful debut. Not only does Bill Cheng set the language on fire...he creates a whole new territory of storytelling." - Colum McCann


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Hardback Editions

October 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: Southern Cross the Dog
Author(s): Bill Cheng
ISBN: 1-4472-2489-2 / 978-1-4472-2489-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Southern Cross the Dog: A Novel
Author(s): Bill Cheng
ISBN: 0-06-222500-6 / 978-0-06-222500-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

August 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Southern Cross the Dog
Author(s): Bill Cheng
ISBN: 1-4472-2490-6 / 978-1-4472-2490-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Southern Cross the Dog
Author(s): Bill Cheng
ISBN: 0-06-222502-2 / 978-0-06-222502-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


May 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Southern Cross the Dog
Author(s): Bill Cheng
ISBN: 1-4472-2500-7 / 978-1-4472-2500-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

May 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Southern Cross the Dog: A Novel
Author(s): Bill Cheng
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   


May 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Southern Cross the Dog: A Novel
Author(s): Bill Cheng
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

May 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Southern Cross the Dog
Author(s): Bill Cheng
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   


May 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Southern Cross the Dog
Author(s): Bill Cheng
Publisher: Ecco
Availability: Amazon CA   



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