A twentieth-century American novelist, she is best known for The Able McLaughlins, The Kenworthys, The Painted Room, and The Law and the McLaughlins.
She was a missionary in the service of the United Presbyterian Church of North America.
Her novel, The Able McLaughlins, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
She married George Douglas Turner in 1923.
Graham Greene was an admirer of her work.