Billie James' inheritance isn't much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when Billie was four years old. Though Billie was there when the accident happened, she has no memory of that day—and she hasn't been back to the South since.

Thirty years later, Billie returns but her father's home is unnervingly secluded: her only neighbors are the McGees, the family whose history has been entangled with hers since the days of slavery. As Billie encounters the locals, she hears a strange rumor: that she herself went missing on the day her father died. As the mystery intensifies, she finds out that this forgotten piece of her past could put her in danger.

Inventive, gritty, and openhearted, The Gone Dead is an astonishing debut novel about race, justice, and memory that lays bare the long-concealed wounds of a family and a country.

The greatest novels in my world are nearly all placed in Mississippi. The Gone Dead is one of the greatest novels ever placed Mississippi. The southern novel will never be the same after this book.
— Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy
Chanelle Benz has the power and grace to make the quiet stunning and the explosive beautiful. The Gone Dead is a wondrous exploration of pain and confrontation of its sources. The novel is one of discovery and in the journey of it you feel as though you’ve earned truths to be felt long after you’ve put the book down.
— Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Friday Black
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