6. Southern Cross the Dog
By Bill Cheng
“Rarely is literature as breathtakingly lyrical and searing in its imagery as Southern Cross the Dog,” begins Rayyan Al-Shawaf’s review of Cheng’s debut novel. The young author describes hard life in Mississippi during the Great Flood of 1927 and afterward during destructive foundation work for a dam in 1941 through the eyes of an African-American protagonist pursued through the novel by something like a hellhound. “The Dog,” an enigmatic, ominous creature right simultaneously out of Greek mythology and Mississippi legend, blurs the dividing line between two worlds—Earth and myth. Cheng, writes Al-Shawaff, “fashions enthralling characters, unsettled and unsettling, who inhabit a terrifying environment.” Full Review By Ryyan Al-Shawaf

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