Southern cross the dog follows the journey of Robert Lee Chatham- a black boy from the south – over a decade. During the great Mississippi flood in 1972, 8-years-old Robert losses almost everything.
“It could’ve been the ocean for all Robert knew the water going on and on forever in every direction save for the small stitch of telegraph line in the distance.”
Robert moves to hotel Beau-Miel -a place where everything is possible – . There he meets Elijah Cutter an ex con and a piano player.
“Crossed worse than the blackest jinx. Bad and trouble is set to follow you through this earth, you understand me?”Eli explains to Robert.
Jinxed, alone and sad. Robert Tries to go back home.
I fell in love with this book from the first page.the language is very rich and poetic.
“When I was a baby child, they put the jinx on me. It was in my food and milk. And when I ran, it heaved in my bones and when I sang, it stopped in my throat and when I loved, it let from me, hot and poisonous.”
Epic debut. Highly recommended!