Miss Corpus by Clay McLeod Chapman

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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.

About Clay McLeod Chapman

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CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN grew up in Richmond, Virginia, where he wrote six plays that won as many first prizes in local contests. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. He has performed his monologues, which he also writes as short stories, in his hometown and in Romania, the United Kingdom, New York, and San Francisco. He lives in Brooklyn.
Published February 5, 2003 by Hachette Books. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance. Fiction

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By an odd coincidence, Phil Winters has a very similar idea at nearly that exact moment: He’s just set off for a road trip with the corpse of his son Kevin, who drove a van full of teenagers into a swamp some months back.

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This dizzyingly imaginative first novel by playwright and short story writer Chapman (Rest Area) is the entwined tale of two bereaved men who go on the road in search of redemption.

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Phil recovered his son's decomposed scull and left on a trip to New York.

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