Go Ask Fannie

Go Ask Fannie

Title:Go Ask Fannie
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780735218567
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:294 pages

Everyone has baggage. The Blaire siblings are just taking theirs home for the long weekend.

When Murray Blaire invites his three grown children to his New Hampshire farm for a few days, he makes it clear he expects them to keep things pleasant. The rest of his agenda–using Ruth and George to convince their younger sister, Lizzie, to break up with her much older boyfriend–that he chooses to keep private. But Ruth and George arrive bickering, with old scores to settle. And, in a classic Blaire move, Lizzie derails everything when she turns up late, cradling a damaged family cookbook, and talking about possible criminal charges against her.

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 now -obscured notes written in its pages provide tantalizing clues to their mother’s ambitions and the mysterious choices she once made, choices her children have always sought without success to understand. Until this weekend.

As the Blaire siblings piece together their mother’s story, they come to realize not just what they’ve lost, but how they can find their way back to each other. In this way, celebrated author Elisabeth Hyde reminds readers that family survival isn’t about simply setting aside old rivalries, but preserving the love that’s written between the lines.


    Go Ask Fannie Reviews

  • Joseph Spuckler

    Well written and flows well. The language is clear and easy to follow. For those from a a family of multiple siblings will find the banter familiar and, at times, humorous. The characters are well dev...

  • Jen

    Go Ask Fannie was such a beautifully written family drama that I tore through it and couldn't put it down. Murray Blaire invites his 3 children to his home to spend the weekend together, something tha...

  • Patty

    Go Ask FannieByElisabeth HydeWhat it's all about...Three adult children return home at the request of their father...Murray. Their mother and brother have long been dead...there are hints about how th...

  • Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies

    Thank you Negalley!!!!I enjoyed this despite it being a very basic ho hum kind of story. We have three siblings(who were once 4) who come to spend the weekend with their aging father. The book is basi...

  • Sarah Swann

    This was a great family drama! Flawed characters trying to just get through life and survive each other. Really enjoyed it!...

  • Laurel-Rain

    When Murray Blaire invites his three grown children to his New Hampshire farm for a few days, he makes it clear he expects them to keep things pleasant. The rest of his agenda--using Ruth and George t...

  • Jennifer

    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...

  • Sheryl

    This was a bittersweet read for me. The timing was awful; I won't go into a lot of details because I'll be spewing spoilers. For those who have read the book, I experienced a significant life-altering...

  • Natalie

    GO ASK FANNIE is the kind of book that envelops the reader in a small, beautifully wrought family moment, while skillfully interweaving its sad history. Hyde focuses on these feelings during a few day...

  • Elizabeth

    Elisabeth Hyde's new novel features the Blaire family, Murray and Lillian and their four children, who live in New England in the early 1980s. The events of 1984 in particular have long-reaching effec...