Turner-Yamamoto’s bittersweet fantastical debut involves the parallel stories of two grieving women… As Aurilla says near the end, ‘Loving the dead and gone was the sweetest love of all.’ Reading this story is almost as delectable.”

Publishers Weekly




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Praise for Loving the Dead and Gone

Turner-Yamamoto’s bittersweet fantastical debut involves the parallel stories of two grieving women… As Aurilla says near the end, ‘Loving the dead and gone was the sweetest love of all.’ Reading this story is almost as delectable.

Publishers Weekly

There’s more than one aching heart in this excellent story exploring the generational effects of love, loss, betrayal, and redemption.”

—Southern Literary Review

Loving the Dead and Gone is a moving, insightful novel about growing through tragedy.”

—Foreword Reviews

Loving the Dead and Gone is a story of redemption and how we make the most of our lives when so much is out of our control.

—Southern Review of Books

The tale of tragedy, love, and loss is truly one for the ages.


Loving the Dead and Gone is a rich and skillfully rendered portrait of a place that explores the generational effects of love and loss and the fragile connections within a family.  Judith Turner-Yamamoto gives us a complex and memorable cast of characters and a vivid setting filled with stunning detail.”

—Jill McCorkle, Author of Hieroglyphics and the New York Times Best Seller, Life After Life

Loving the Dead and Gone is an absorbing account of two generations of women, living in North Carolina, who struggle to put love at the centre of their lives.  How well Turner-Yamamoto understands the complexities of passion, the necessity of work, and the limits of small towns.  This beautifully written novel, with its complicated, stubborn characters, will haunt you long after the last page.”

—Margot Livesey, Author of The Boy in The Field, the New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books 2019, and the New York Times Best Seller The Flight of Gemma Hardy

There has been an accident in tiny Gold Ridge, a place where most lives revolve around farming the earth or working the hosiery mill, and everyone is changed by it. In a voice that rings with the colloquial timbre of William Faulkner melded with the rural realism of Carol Chute’s The Beans of Egypt, Maine, Judith Turner-Yamamoto brilliantly uses a tragedy to draw us into a place so real you can smell it, where her tapestry of narrator voices captivates us with empathy and love. I was fortunate to be on the panel of the Ohio Artistic Awards in Literature that chose to award Loving the Dead and Gone, recognizing its lyric strength and deep and empathic understanding of rural America.”

—Elizabeth Cohen, author of The Hypothetical Girl

Our favorite way to find good books is to take the recommendations of our favorite authors. So, after a glowing blurb from Margot Livesey (“The Boy in The Field”), we’re eagerly awaiting the September arrival of Judith Turner-Yamamoto’s novel, “Loving The Dead and Gone.” Turner-Yamamoto brings readers to North Carolina, where she was raised, to tell the story of two generations of women grappling with love, death and yearnings.”

—Hillary Copsey, book adviser, The Mercantile Library

I’m convinced this story will engage many readers, excite book club members, and that the quality of the writing will impress reviewers. It should be a must purchase for public libraries.”

—Gina Millsap, library consultant and former CEO of The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Turner-Yamamoto’s multigenerational saga reminds me of Bobbie Gentry’s great Patchwork album, with a touch of William Goyen, Lee Smith, and Our Town. This bittersweet paean to a NC Piedmont hosiery mill town is a mid- 20th century time capsule of car wrecks, nerve medicine, open caskets, ghosts, and gossip. Bad luck and trouble ricochet between families until desire and memories are swept away. And yet, the female lens and circular narrative make Loving the Dead and Gone a sensory delight.

—Richard Peabody, editor, Gargoyle Magazine

Judith Turner-Yamamoto’s Loving the Dead and Gone is a love story that begins with a tragedy, proceeds through loss and suffering, and winds up in a place of deeply earned redemption. Though there are several characters who guide us through this unstoppable narrative, none is more breathtakingly rendered that Aurilla Cutter. Women like Aurilla, we say in the South, will live forever because they’re too mean to die. Ah, but Aurilla has a past that will touch your heart and explain her present. She’s an unforgettable character among a cast of unforgettables, from her put-upon daughter Berta Mae, to the heartbroken and fiery seventeen-year-old widow, Darlene, to Berta Mae’s haunted husband, Clayton. Actually, everything about Loving the Dead and Gone, to Judith Turner-Yamamoto’s great credit, is unforgettable.”

—Ed Falco, author of the New York Times Best Seller, The Family Corleone

Judith Turner-Yamamoto has written a brilliant debut novel born of her native Southern heritage. Steeped in love and generational conflicts, this North Carolina family faces their romantic disappointments and difficult times with courage tempered by a tough country spirit. In lyrical, tightly-knit prose Turner-Yamamoto has created a gem reminiscent of Eudora Welty’s classic stories.”

—Kay Sloan, author of The Patron Saint of Red Chevys, a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection