Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen


Even more appealing than a diet of Dilly Bars, and Gilmore’s novel is a meal well worth the consumption.


Gilmore tells her tale with gentle humor and genuine regard for her characters.

Omaha World Herald

This is Susan Gregg Gilmore’s first novel, but her voice is similar to that of Fannie Flagg. Readers of Southern stories will enjoy the poignant self-discovery journey of this lovable heroine.

Tampa Tribune

Every female will find herself identifying with Catherine Grace’s search for her place in the world.

Chattanooga Times Free Press

This is great Southern humor. It’s fun, it’s poignant, it’s a well-drawn story.



The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove


The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove is much more than “just” a novel about racism in the South. It’s a tale of one young woman’s struggle to come to terms with who she is. If there is one book you must buy this summer, this is it.

Jenn’s Bookshelves

Susan Gregg Gilmore’s second novel is brimming with charm. Bezellia’s voice is as unusual as her name, and her life story will capture your imagination.


(Gilmore) does take the news from the underground life of the modern American South and tell it straight to our face.

Alan Cheuse, NPR’s All Things Considered


The Funeral Dress


I rarely describe a book as being “beautiful” but The Funeral Dress really is just that. It’s beautiful. It hits you hard, builds you up, and hugs your soul.

Book Riot

With The Funeral Dress, Gilmore—a former Nashville resident who now lives in Chattanooga—does her finest work to date, perfectly capturing the rhythm and music of the small-town Southern vernacular… This is a simple, quiet story about family ties, life’s disappointments, the daily struggle it takes to persevere, and the ways women support one another when times are tough, especially in the hard work of child-rearing. It’s also a story about gifts: those Emmalee discovers in herself and those—like compassion and comfort—that her pain unexpectedly reveals in others.


A tender, graceful novel that addresses questions of class and social isolation… Gilmore imbues her story with a deep compassion for the lives of the working poor while offering a vivid picture of factory life and the sense of community it inspired among its workers.


A young woman in Appalachia battles poverty, discrimination and her own insecurity in this moving and memorable novel…A revelatory novel that offers an evocative account of the lives of Appalachian working women.


Beloved writer Susan Gregg Gilmore takes a huge leap forward with her new novel The Funeral Dress—that rare book which is not only a book club natural and a page-turning “great read,” but a stunning, serious literary work which ought to be up for every award out there. Its themes of rural poverty, class, and working women’s hard lives are balanced by the bonds of community and love. The Funeral Dress is a lovely, memorable novel. So go ahead and buy two copies—one for yourself, and one for your best friend.

Lee Smith, author of Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger

This story of a young female textile worker encountering adversity in a small southern town reveals the remarkable power of friendship, community, and the gift of sewing. A vivid tribute to the efforts of a courageous band of sisters.

Rachel Simon, author of The Story Of Beautiful Girl and Riding The Bus With My Sister

Susan Gregg Gilmore’s The Funeral Dress is a rare and wonderful glimpse into lives and friendships among blue collar working women in America.

Fannie Flagg, author of Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven

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