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

The author takes us on a moving journey through ordinary lives filled with complexity and heartbreak.”

Historical Novels Review

Eloquent, original, memorable, Loving the Dead and Gone is one of those novels that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book is finished.”

Midwest Book Review

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

Southern Literary Review

Connections emphasize the Faulknerian theme of Southern literature that the past is never fully gone. As past decisions and tragedies continue to reverberate, the very landscape contains a history of trauma.”

North Carolina Literary Review

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

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


This story of the folks of Gold Ridge reminds us that the past is with us until we ourselves die.”

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