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Southern Cross the Dog: A Novel

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Bill Cheng talks about his novel Southern Cross the Dog. It’s an epic literary debut in which the bonds between three childhood friends are upended by the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. In its aftermath, one young man must choose between the lure of the future and the claims of the past.

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Bill Cheng
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Comments [2]

Vance Tolliver

[To Darrell Perry]

I think the answer is that it's fiction. If it claimed to be reportage I'd definitely agree. The author needs to do whatever it takes to tell a story well and bring life to an imagined world through language. For some perhaps, visiting a physical site might distract from imagining it, especially since the two are not the same, except for maybe sharing a name. In fact who is to say seeing a location in the south today might confuse an understanding of that location almost a century earlier. The reader in turn is best served by remembering that a novel is not presenting itself as an accurate historical account of external events.

May. 08 2013 01:41 PM
Darrell Perry from 10001

I am sure this man is talented and sensitive to his subject; what prevented him from taking a 2-4 week bus/motel trip from Atlanta, Mobile, B'ham, backwoods of Mississippi to New Orleans? That way he could understand the beauty, power, magic and mystery of the real American South.

May. 08 2013 01:20 PM

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