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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition (February 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786867388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786867387
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,303,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

The lives of two bereaved men seeking respite on the southern highways parallel and converge in Miss Corpus, Clay McLeod Chapman's brutal and rewarding debut novel. Will Colby has returned to his Virginia home from a six-month tour in the merchant marines to find his new wife and lifelong love dead on the kitchen floor. Will had promised her a honeymoon drive to Florida, and after collecting her remains in travel coolers, he heads southward. In Florida, Phil Winters's teenage son has been found at the bottom of a swamp inside the van he lost control of during an asthma attack. Recovering his son's decomposed skull from the dredged vehicle, Phil departs on the road trip to New York he had planned with his son in the hope it would bring them closer.

On the way to their foreshadowed collision, both men travel through eerie landscapes populated by curiosities, such as the boy with an ear of corn attached to his deformed arm, or the son of a failing motel owner who manipulates car accidents for profit. Will and Phil's dreamlike first-person accounts are interrupted by the narratives of these marginal characters, as well as random radio broadcasts, providing a fragmented, dimensioned view of each man's story as well as the South as a whole. Full of random violence and backwoods oddities, Chapman's landscape often resembles the gothic terrain of Flannery O'Connor or the early works of Cormac McCarthy, and he offers precise, unflinching accounts of decay and cruelty, such as a burning motel "fed by the flesh of so many children that I believed the sun to be one big mass of burning bodies." Yet he balances such images with a continual sense of humanity, while his engaged prose describes a world of abiding mystery and rebirth. Though an often difficult read, Miss Corpus contains a strangely apt and ultimately weighty sense of optimism. --Ross Doll

From Publishers Weekly

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. At 19, William Colby returns to Virginia from four months at sea to discover his bride dead on the kitchen floor. In Florida, Philip Winters's teenage son is found decomposing at the bottom of a swamp. Colby had promised his wife a highway honeymoon, a drive south all the way to Florida. Winters's son had always wanted to travel north. Unaware of each other, the men embark on their personal pilgrimages, finally colliding with one another on I-95. Along the way, they come across a gallery of grotesque characters, from a little boy who has a corncob for an arm to a woman who gives bloody birth in a highway tollbooth. In a slow, simmering style that melds Southern folklore with a gothic sensibility, Chapman concocts a powerful tale that is suspenseful and moving. Much of the narrative is fragmented, related through shifting points of view. Using the road as his frame of reference, Chapman coins shocking similes: "my name lumbered out of my mouth like a dying dog-just hit by a speeding car along the highway." The book is heavy with horror-dismemberment, torture, arson and freakish car crashes abound-but Chapman's knack for storytelling and his vigorous prose establish a dramatic momentum, moving the tale to a violent, tragic crescendo. Suffused with a compassion, the novel transcends its bizarre premise and suggests that the magic of literature can make sense of life.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Clay McLeod Chapman is the creator of the rigorous storytelling session The Pumpkin Pie Show. He is the author of REST AREA, a collection of short stories, and MISS CORPUS, a novel, published by Hyperion books. He teaches writing at The Actors Studio MFA Program at Pace University.

Currently, he is writing a trilogy of children's novels titled THE TRIBE--book one, HOMEROOM HEADHUNTERS, is slated to hit the shelves in 2013, published by Hyperion books.

Visit him at: www.claymcleodchapman.com

Customer Reviews

Several sections in the book dragged on too much for too long, even for a relatively short novel.
Amazon Customer
If you're looking for something different that makes you think and question your own psychological being, read "miss corpus."
irichard
Filled with tremendous irony and humor, his mastery and understanding of our language brings to life what is is to be human.
Julie Christeas

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J on March 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
When I first started reading this book I didn't think I was going to make it past the first couple of pages. I enjoyed the authors previous release (a collection of short stories), but I doubted my capabilities of enjoying an intact book. Despite my hesitancy towards reading novels, I began to process the words. As I ran into the different characters and situations I found myself sympathizing with them (which is nothing to take lightly, considering the extremity of the characters). It felt at times like I was in the back seat experiencing everything the author was describing in vivid detail. Its not his imagery that entraps you in this twisted tale of love and death, but through his choice of words which perfectly flow in a mesmerizing stream, leaving you questioning your state of mind.
I must warn you, some of his images are at times a bit difficult to stomach, and to be honest- disgusting, but I personally felt what was intended, and if I may say so, is an accomplishment on the authors part.
I'm about 9 times farther in this book than I thought I would be by now. I find putting this novel down harder than getting up for school at 7 am every morning. Some of it can be a little gruesome at times but its all in good taste- Written for purpose and not written solely for reaction. The livelihood of the dead is amazing.
I still have a few more chapters to go, and I'm looking forward to the "miles ahead" towards the Chapman patented twisted ending. From the personification of the South, to the corpse in the cooler, its a guaranteed trip down an awkward yet enlightening bumpy road (no pun intended). For Chapman's first novel, its quite an accomplishment. Pick it up-see for yourself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
nice concept, but simpleton and trite.
this is "wanna-be" literature. it wants to be so much that it isn't or it can't be.
clay has potential; i hope he lives up to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
So yes, we can all agree that this book is definitely not for everyone. But my God, when the right people find it... they'll be in for one heck of a good read. It's a motley crew of characters, but all have heart -- which is why what they do doesn't matter as much as why they do it in the first place. I'd say this is an author who's going far... and it all starts here.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marla Stockle on March 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book was so bad, I iniatially assumed Hyperion was doing novelty books. I was reminded of those spoofs of Martha Stewart's Living, where Martha was building bottle rockets in the pantry. This one seems more aptly titled "The Passages Stephen King's Editor Made Him Excise". It's terrible. I see from the author note that Chapman's a young fellow and "writing since the age of twelve". Therefore I'd like to root for him. But that seems akin to rooting for a Tom Green movie to win an Oscar. Some strong images in there, I have to agree with that. However, you have to dig through an inundation of cliches to get there. I might be doing the public a disservice even selling my used copy, but I want some of my money back.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By robert kreisberg on February 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm not much of a reader but a dear friend recommended this book. He said that Chapman is an amazing talent, and that we are fortunate to be alive at a time when such books are being written. I was skeptical but I have to admit that within 10 pages I was won over. This is a book about love - love that truly springs eternal, love that truly does conquer all. there is a reason that people write so many songs about love. I like the way the book deals with death. I lost my wife last year, and had I read this book before that happened, I might have embarked on a similar journey.. a farewell tour for my belove anna. I also read a review on this site that mentioned the movie weekend at bernie's. I love that movie but I think that review was very negative and mean-spirited, perhaps written by one who can not love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Djones on May 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Chapman weaves us a tale of death, regret and hope in this gorgeous story of trying to tie up loose ends. I didn't like the book at first but I got sucked in and deeply moved by the author's imagery and heart. With a compassionate voice, Chapman takes on this journey through the South with two men in search of some understanding of what to do now that the fate of their loved ones has been sealed. He is a brilliant author who actually does NOT work for Bacardi by day but I understand that this belief may be more comforting to far less accomplished "writers".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eireann Corrigan on March 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Clay Chapman fuses the emotional intensity of dramatic monologue with a more traditional tale of epic journey. While its plot seems to focus on two men who are unable to let go of the past, the focus is on the shifting landscape of the country across which each is travelling. The result is riot of voices, each fighting to tell its own story. Clearly this book, has generated a lot of debate-- That alone, proves the work thought-provoking and deserving of a reader's attention.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig on March 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Miss Corpus is a wonderfully dark, articulate, vivid, well-written, captivating novel. Every sentence left me hungry for the next. Chapman's incredible narrative drive will throw you into a highly imaginative world that shuttles between present and past with an extremely diverse range of characters. This carefully crafted book is a unique treasure and I highly recommend picking it up.
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