Go Ask Fannie by Elisabeth Hyde

Go Ask Fannie

Elisabeth Hyde

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.

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"All the feels of a This Is Us episode." --Booklist

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.


Advance Galley Reviews

Good read. Interesting and complex characters. Good story following these siblings journey. Would recommend.

Go Ask Fannie by Elisabeth Hyde is a story of family and relationships that many people will identify with – a spouse who lives with secrets, a woman who sets aside her dreams for her husband's career, and adult siblings who try to understand their past. In real time, the story covers a few days. Through conversations and memories, it is the story of a lifetime, perfect for a summer beach read. Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2018/07/go-ask-fannie.html. Reviewed for Penguin First to Read program.

Family mysteries, drama, and love.

This is one of those sleep family drama novels that relies a lot on characters instead of action. This novel is great in that regard. You have three middle-aged children coming home at their fathers request who have to deal with the issues from their family past in order to help each of them move on with their current lives. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves character driven books.

My first chance at getting an copy through First to Read, and it was a great experience. I actually put off reading Go Ask Fannie for bait because I was not sure what I would think of it, and ended up loving it! The book effectively used crossing between time periods to depend the story and add some mystery to the plot, and I ended up lying the family members quite a lot. I was not prepared for as many tragic points as there were, however!

A book about family ties, love, and loss. It's about the stories we tell ourselves, our children, and spouses, some more true than others. And the roles we expect them to fill, with mixed success. I found it a slow start, and difficult to warm up to the adult children, or their parents from the flashbacks. But as I got more of their story, while I didn't warm up to all of them, I did to some--and I was interested to see where things were going. There is, be warned, a lot of tragedy, large and small. Petty squabbles to death, all treated fairly seriously by some of the characters. I most liked the mother, who lived a rather constrained life. She hid away a part of herself, leaving her children to try to guess the reality of her later in life, but for all that, she's vibrantly alive in other ways.

**4 Stars** Go Ask Fannie is a well-written family drama centering around 3 very different siblings who spend the weekend with their father in New Hampshire. This is not the most fast paced novel, but it is extremely engaging and relatable. Most families, even the most harmonious, have issues and misunderstandings and this novel perfectly captures that. The characters are well-developed although Ruth annoyed me by the end. The book is very easy to read and is a very quick read as well. I very much enjoyed this and would read other books by this author.

Thank you First To Read for giving me the chance to read an advanced copy of Go Ask Fannie by Elizabeth Hyde. Three grown siblings are brought together in their father's home at his request. As normal siblings do even in their adults years there were several arguments that broke out but in the end they were always there for each other. Throughout the book you are taken between the past and the present to help understand who the characters are now. Go Ask Fannie to me was a quick read as the further I got into the book I didn't want to put it down, I needed to know more about this family.

I enjoyed this story of three adult siblings who gather in their father's house at his request. The characters are well-drawn, and the interactions of the family members seem real. Each of the siblings reverts to childhood roles and the women, especially, are forced to confront the truth about issues in their current lives. They must also deal with feelings about the deaths of their mother and brother thirty years before and come to terms with the circumstances surrounding the deaths. 4 out of 5 stars

I really felt drawn to the complexity of the family dynamics throughout this book. The Blair family had been through so much and it was interesting to unravel the story in a very real and intense way. I loved that the cookbook led to the siblings being reunited and finding the stories that their mother had written. Thanks the ARC, First to Read.

The beginning of Go Ask Fannie is compelling and fun; Hyde is snappy and witty as she introduces a dysfunctional family with interesting characters. Before the end of the first section it feels like Hyde is spinning her wheels and the book loses a bit of focus. The book lost a lot of my interest in the second section, which is a flashback to the family in the 1980s that features the matriarch, Lillian (who we know passes away from the start of the book). I don't enjoy the trope of a struggling novelist within a novel and Lillian is otherwise not an entirely enjoyable or interesting character. While the reader does gain some insight into the characters' pasts, this section is too long and detracts from the book. The majority of the rest of the book takes place over a single weekend and I found myself doubting that so many major life events and discussions would occur over a single weekend. However, this is a quick read with some strong characters, and the interactions between the siblings feels genuine.

This is a study of family relationships and grief. It was sadder than I expected and dragged in some parts, but the characters were believable and the writing was excellent.

I won this book from Penguin First to Read. Thank you. Well written, easy to follow, relatable characters. Great book!

This book allowed me to become a part of a family drama. The family hasn't been together for many years and now have come together and a peaceful vacation at home is not to be. But with help from their dead mother's cookbook they find a way to mend past hurts. While not neccessarily a page turner, I did enjoy it.

Go Ask Fannie is a family relationship novel with a Fannie Farmer cookbook a large reference. The adult children in this story have been without a mom (and a brother) for 32 years following a horrid accident. The story is a bit slow at times, however, it nicely delves into the relationship of a father with his very different adult children; and their relationships with him and each other. When the father requests a weekend with all three of his children, to try to persuade the youngest, Lizzie, to stop dating Gavin, the weekend turns into one full of revelations, growth, reflection, memories and food.

This is a story about the Blaire family. Murray Blaire invites his three grown children - Lizzie, Ruth and George - home for a visit. Each one of them have a reason for wanting to be there, or not to be there. The story flips back and forth between present day and the past. Sometimes I find this annoying, but in this context it totally works. Initially I found the siblings extremely annoying to the point of irritation. However, as the story progresses and I learned about their past their actions and attitudes made total sense. I don't want to go too much into the story because it would all be spoilers. This book is about family and about secrets. The question becomes - who do you save by keeping a family secret and who will get hurt. The matriarch of the family dies when the children are young. Part of the book is about the story is about the siblings putting together their mother's past. The catalyst is a Fannie Farmer cookbook that she used to write notes in (that gets destroyed). Once I got over the initial annoyance of the siblings, I got very engaged in the story and the characters. I could feel their heartbreak and sadness. This is a great story about family and why it is important. If you want an entertaining and engaging read, this is for you!

Well, this book was interesting. While it didn't make me want to never put it down nor stay up late turning pages, it did give me pause at times. I would find myself thinking about the story and the relationships of the characters throughout the day. I think anyone who has siblings that you have differences with and you also have aging parents, will relate to this story. It won't give you any answers other than to confirm that every family has issues. There are funny, happy, sad and lonely moments woven throughout the story that help in understanding the family dynamics. I enjoyed how the author would take us back a few years to relive history and weave past history into current times. I thought there were a few things that were left hanging at the end, but overall it was a good read. It would be a great book club book as I think it could lead to some great discussions.

This book is about a man and his 3 children. His wife and 4th child died 32 years ago and in many ways, everyone is a bit stuck in being who they were when the tragedy happened. I found the characters to be real and believable. I was hoping for a happier ending, but it is a good reminder to live your life and not just sit around making plans for a supposed future that may never come.

I highly enjoyed this book! I found the characters well developed and was able to empathize with each of them. I found myself drawing on my own personal experiences, making the experience more intimate and wonderful. The story centers around the relationships between the three adult children and their father as well as with each other. They’re a bit dysfunctional (but then again, aren’t we all?). I loved the family dynamics between them and was sad it was over when I came to the end. I think this story was fantastic, especially for anyone who has dealt with the passing of a parent and how it affects the bonds with siblings.

Such an interesting book to read! Straight from the heart of a family with its burdens and its secrets, but also much love. Having received an ARC in exchange for a review is a pleasure. Very thought provoking with images from any and all families. I would gladly recommend to any book club. I would gladly recommend to any reader looking for their next book.

This was straightforward domestic fiction. It was more of a character study (an accurate character study) of players in a large family. There was not a lot of plot, but I enjoyed it!

I really enjoyed Go Ask Fannie by Elisabeth Hyde. The characters were very well-defined, as well as likeable, and the story progressed so, so well and it was a very satisfying read from start to finish. Fannie, is not the character I presumed her to be! But a clever feature of the story that I really enjoyed! The three siblings followed, Lizzie, George and Ruth, as well as they patriarch of the family, Murray, are going through some stuff. A LOT of stuff. There are secrets, and fighting, and lots of unspoken words. It was a sneak peek into a weekend of this family, and all the issues they possess. And also all the Love. I'm a big fan of Elisabeth Hyde now - and will definitely look out for anything else she has written! Thanks to Penguin for the ARC!

This was a charming novel that drew me in as it progressed. The characters were believable and well developed. Although the action was mild this was a book that left me wondering how life turned out for the three siblings. I will look out for more books by this author.

This novel delves into family secrets, guilt after trauma, and identity. It's only when the siblings are forced together to confront their father's health that they are able to accept the past and move forward in their own lives. I highly recommend this book.

A good story about family secrets and the damage they cause over the years. We'll developed characters and good story line .

This is one of the best books I have read all year. Well developed characters that I cared about and really liked in spite of all their flaws . A great storyline, kept me wondering what happened to this family, what happened to the mother and other brother? This is the kind of book that stays with you long after you have read the last page. Another winner by a great author Elisabeth Hyde.

The Blaire family has had to overcome a tragic loss. They are still learning to cope 32 years later. It is a good family drama read, on par with The Nest and Commonwealth. It will probably not be my most favorite read of the year but I can see it being near the top.

The characters are very well defined - I was never left guessing who was who. Each character had admirable and less-than-perfect qualities to them which made them feel very real. The book flowed well, but could have made a little more use of the flashback - I felt like there was more about Lillian that I wanted to know. There also seemed to be a huge emphasis on the cookbook, but it seemed a little forced at times. It's a little unbelievable that three siblings shared a cookbook for 30 years, no matter how much they loved their mother and what notes were written in it. Overall, though, it was a very comforting and enjoyable read.

secrets, family bonds and drama.. what more could you want? the characters were relatable and well developed. i liked the whole cookbook and the mother's notes. this was a very realistic, well written and enjoyable book.

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 developed and believable and the reader may find it easy to relate to one of their own siblings. The notated cookbook of their deceased mother. The only qualm I have with the book is the family dynamics in action seem closer tied to women’s fiction than literary fiction at least from my male perspective.

 


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