What an amazing writer Bill Cheng is -- I love the way he has created a new story that is vibrant, alive, and profoundly real, yet is grounded in the strong legacy of Southern American literature.
Cheng writes like a mad genius, possessed by the spirit of the Delta Blues.
In his tale of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, Cheng not only mirrors the style and voice of classic Southern writers like Cormac McCarthy, William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor, he creates his own certain and precise vernacular.
A marvelous writer -- a great story -- and I am definitely looking forward to his next book.
(Just a side note -- I love that Cheng is also proving that you don't have to BE a particular race, color, origin or gender to write in a believable style and voice. My second novel -- Sinful Folk -- is the personal story of a medieval woman, while I'm a 21st century man... so Cheng gives me hope I can pull this off ;-)