Synopses & Reviews
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--unknowingly traveling toward a collision--their destinies literally crashing together on I-95. From the moment their keys slip into the ignition, to the second their fenders clasp, every person with whom Will and Phil come in contact weaves a tapestry of narratives that gives a singular, vivid voice to the Deep South.
"[A] dizzyingly imaginative first novel....In a slow, simmering style that melds Southern folklore with a gothic sensibility, Chapman concocts a powerful tale that is suspenseful and moving....Suffused with a compassion, the novel transcends its bizarre premise and suggests that the magic of literature can make sense of life." Publishers Weekly
"Buckle your seatbelt and lock the car doors; Clay Chapman's about to take you for a hair-raising ride." The New Yorker
"A morbid and lugubrious tale....Too pompous to be disgusting, this remains just a bore." Kirkus Reviews
"Chapman vividly describes scenes of life and especially death. Miss Corpus contains some graphic passages, but the depth of emotion reached by the characters moves the novel along at cruising speed." Amy Coffin, TheBookHaven.com
About the Author
Clay McLeod Chapman is the author of the short story collection rest area. Creator of the "Pumpkin Pie Show," he has performed his writing throughout the United States and at Fringe Festivals around the world. Born in Richmond, Virginia, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York.