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Miss Corpus: A Novel

By Clay McLeod Chapman

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ISBN 10: 0786886358
240 pages

Now in paperback, the hugely imaginative first novel that traces the road trips of two complete strangers on a dramatic collision course with fate.

Will has just returned home from sea to find his wife lying dead on the kitchen floor. Four states away, Phil has been waiting for his son to return home, only to discover his body decomposing at the bottom of a nearby swamp. Will’s wife always wanted a highway-bound honeymoon. Phil’s son always wanted to see the country. In an attempt to pick up the pieces of their lives, both Will and Phil load up their cars and hit the road. An imaginative first novel tracing the fateful collision of two complete strangers, miss corpus floors the accelerator from the first page and never brakes. At once poignant, horrifying, clever and unnerving, miss corpus is a feat of literary acrobatics from an astoundingly gifted new voice in fiction.


“In a slow, simmering style that melds Southern folklore with a gothic sensibility, Chapman concocts a powerful tale that is suspenseful and moving.”  —Publishers Weekly

“Clay McLeod Chapman’s husky Southern drawl and finely-tuned shotgun storytelling can’t stop hurtling forward — and you are carried in the ride.”  –Mike Daisey, author of 21 Dog Years

miss corpus is a twisted, lovely, gushing, word-drunk debut.” –Steward O’Nan, author of Wish You Were Here

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