"With all the feels of a This Is Us episode, Hyde's latest novel will delight readers" (Booklist). Three adult siblings. Three days with their father. What could go wrong?
When Murray Blaire invites his three children to his New Hampshire farm for a few days, he makes it clear he expects things to be pleasant. But when Ruth and George arrive already bickering and Lizzie turns up late, cradling a damaged family cookbook and talking about possible criminal charges against her, all hope for a relaxing family weekend is gone.
This is not the first time the Blaire family has been thrown into chaos. In fact, that cookbook, an old edition of Fannie Farmer, is the last remaining artifact from a time when they were a family of six, not four, with a father running for Congress and a mother building a private life of her own. The notes written in its pages, pages Lizzie risked her spotless record to save, provide tantalizing clues to their mother's ambitions and the mysterious choices she once made, choices that pulled the Blaire family apart, but could also bring them back together.
Told with equal measures of humor and tenderness, Go Ask Fannie is a warm and heartfelt tale of the power of family and the pains of growing up, proving that family survival isn't about setting aside old rivalries, but preserving the love that's written between the lines.
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About the Author
Elisabeth Hyde is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, most recently In The Heart of the Canyon, a New York Times Editor's Choice and a People magazine Great Read. Her fourth novel, The Abortionist's Daughter, became a bestseller in Great Britain after being selected as a Summer Read by the Richard & Judy Show. Trained as a lawyer, she worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., before she started writing full-time. She lives in Boulder with her husband.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love a family drama with secrets and relationship woes and more and this book delivers from page one with all of the things you would want when there is a family that must confront things that have been hidden. Three siblings head to their father's home and with three adult children there are current problems, but there are also things from the past that will come out. I absolutely adored this story. I loved the three siblings and how they all reacted differently to the tragedy of their childhood. It really showcased birth order and how one thing can affect people in so many different ways. I love reading about those things in novels - makes me reflect about my family and the things that have made us who we are. After reading this book, I was surprised to find out she has quite the backlist. Where should I go from this one?
This family’s story tugged at my heart. Murray Blaire is getting on in years. At 81, he’s set in his ways but still present enough to know the importance of family. In an attempt to convince his youngest adult daughter that the man she is seeing is far too old for her and a real jerk, he invites his three children up for a long weekend. Ruth as the eldest, figures it’s a good time to discuss the possibility of long-term care before her father actually needs it but Lizzie and George and most of all, Murray, just aren’t ready to talk about it. Plus, Lizzie quickly figures out the real reason for the visit and although she realizes she made many mistakes in her life, she’s not quite ready to address them. Certainly not in front of her judgmental older sister. This is family drama at its best. Go Ask Fannie is a touching story about what it takes to have a successful marriage and raise a family while still maintaining a sense of self. Lillian and Murray lived a wonderful life but her death and the death of their son Daniel place a cloud over this family that cannot be ignored. Murray’s grief and the weight of loss his kids carry is palpable. It’s a story about missed opportunities and second chances. It’s sweet and well-told and comes together beautifully at the end. Elisabeth Hyde is a new-to-me author but I really enjoyed her writing. Go Ask Fannie is a book many will enjoy this summer.
I was excited to see Elisabeth Hyde had a new book out because I LOVED The Abortionist's Daughter and In the Heart of the Canyon. Go Ask Fannie didn't disappoint and I became completely immersed in it. I felt like I was in New Hampshire with the Blaire family. Murray's three adult children are heading home for the weekend. Murray wants his oldest daughter, Ruth, to talk to Lizzie about breaking up with her much older boyfriend. Naturally, things do not go as planned. A beloved ruined cookbook sets up the weekend. There's talk of jail, visits by police, many hospital visits and fighting among siblings. There's also revelations of what happened that fatal day in November. I enjoyed reading about the Blaire family and Murray's run for political office. The book revolved around family and the love they had for each other. I loved the characters, story and writing style. I definitely recommend this book.
This is a story of a family of six that became a family of four overnight when the mother and oldest son die in a car accident when the youngest daughter was six years old. It's present day and Elizabeth, the youngest daughter is now 38 years old. Elizabeth was in the back seat of that vehicle then and was not killed. Her and the remaining other two siblings are visiting their elderly dad. It's the first time they have been all together for a number of years. The siblings LOVE to bicker. They are constantly aggravating each other and the oldest daughter (a lawyer who is doing very well) is forever telling everyone how they should run their lives. There are humorous moments, sad moments and very sad moments. A family memoir in which a Fannie Farmer cookbook is a big deal for the family as the mother used it to write a lot of personal notes which the family cherished. When the family asked what was for dinner, the mother would always reply "Go ask Fannie" hence the title of the book. I found this to be a very entertaining book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. While the kids did bicker a lot, it wasn't enough to get on my nerves and at times was sort of humorous. Thanks to Penguin Group Putnam and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Go Ask Fannie by Elisabeth Hyde is a highly recommended family drama. Murray Blaire, 81, has invited his three surviving adult children to his New Hampshire farm for the weekend. Ruth, the oldest, is a wealthy lawyer who lives with her husband and two sons in Washington D.C. Ruth likes order, control, and plans in place to cover all contingencies. George, the middle sibling, is a nurse and marathon runner who lives a couple hours away from his father in Concord. Lizzie, the youngest, is an English Professor at a college near her father. Murray's only hope for the weekend is to have Ruth and George talk Lizzie in to breaking up with her much older married boyfriend. Ruth, naturally, has her own list of things she wants to cover, especially looking at assisted living facilities for their father. George, who is always squabbling with Ruth, is trying unsuccessfully to not quarrel with her. Lizzie, however, arrives with news that changes her father's plans. She broke up with her boyfriend, but when she was picking up their mother's Fannie Farmer Cookbook, which she left at his house, she discovered that he had dropped the book into a sink of water and damaged it. Her reaction may result in criminal charges against her. As with any family drama much of the action also concerns the past. Lillian, wife and mother of the group, and sibling, David, died over 30 years ago. A good portion of the novel involves what happened years ago, when they were a family of six, not four. There are secrets and questions about that time that have never been shared or asked, and the full story was really never told. Many present day resentments and attitudes toward each other all stem back to that time, when they lost their mother and brother. Go Ask Fannie is a straightforward, well-written novel. Hyde also allows us insight into the inner thoughts of her characters. The narrative follows these characters during a weekend while uncovering the story of the past and what happened years ago. The past helps explain why they react the way they do and why they all relate to each other in the predictable way they do today. This is not a story with dark secrets or shocking twists, but it is a compelling family drama. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of the Penguin Publishing Group.