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Go Ask Fannie

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  736 ratings  ·  149 reviews
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
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Joseph Spuckler
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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 perspectiv ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 that hasn't happened in a long time. As Ruth, George, and Lizzie come together old hurts are brought to the surface and family secrets are revealed. Told through various perspectives, we see each child and their father muck through family trials and find a way to come together as a family over the cour ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Go Ask Fannie
Elisabeth Hyde

What 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 they died in the book but nothing is really clarified for a long time. The book tells about their childhood or rather the time they had with their mother. Lillian was innovative, clever and a writer although nothing of hers was ever published. She commandeered
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 basically about the characters. There wasn't a big plot or anything surprising but I like that kind of reading. I enjoy interesting characters who live realistic lives. Ruth is the oldest and is in an unhappy but wealthy marriage. She works as a lawyer and has 2 children and the same number of homes. Sh ...more
Sarah Swann
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great family drama! Flawed characters trying to just get through life and survive each other. Really enjoyed it!
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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, a ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 event on April 29th, several years ago much like the characters in this book. So, that said it triggered a lot of emotions that I like to keep buried; I don't like to cry.
I thought the writer did a great job with this topic that many of us have or will be going through as we grow older.
I would li
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 days in the life of a family, deeper in crisis than they know.

It is the “drowning “ of the Fannie Farmer cookbook and its’ perpetrator that serve as both the catalyst and comic relief. The loss of the book, full of a mothers’ musings, helps unite the very disparate children of the Blaire family. The l
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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 effects that are still felt in present day as the now adult children worry about their father as he ages. Murray's political ambitions and Lillian 's needs for greater creative fulfillment feel real and familiar, as do the demands of four young children. And the sibling rivalry that still exists among th ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I received a free digital ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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 (
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I almost didn't read this looking at a few reviews. I'm glad I read this ,because it is another favorite this year. Lovely book.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Received free from Penguin First to Read, my thoughts are my own.

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 intere
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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 lot
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Toni, Lynne
Shelves: general-fiction
The Fannie referenced in the title is the one and only Fannie Farmer of cookbook fame. As it turns out, her celebrated cookbook is at the center of the story in this extremely well written and engrossing novel.
When Murray invites his three grown children to spend a weekend with him at his dairy farm in New Hampshire long held family tensions and memories are brought to the breaking point. Over thirty years earlier, the children's mother had used her copy of the Fannie Farmer cookbook as a
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
** Thank you to G.P. Putnam’s Sons for providing a copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program **

I found it refreshing to read about a realistic family dealing with the things that most families typically must deal with, such as an aging father and what sort of plans for the future should be made for him, and the sibling squabbles that ensue. There is a bit of “family secret,” but that isn’t the entire focus of this book, in fact it’s just a small part of the story. Lill
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, arc
Ruth, George, and Lizzie are home visiting their 81-year old father, Murray. He's doing okay, but certain things are slipping and they all know it. Ruth is ready to talk about putting Murray in a care facility. George is trying to keep everyone happy. And Lizzie is just trying to keep her crazy life---caused mostly by colossally bad decision-making---in order. As the three siblings reminisce, though, secrets about their mother and older brother, both now long-since passed, begin to emerge. The s ...more
Mary Robinson
Quick and enjoyable read. "Go Ask Fannie" is a family literary drama centered on the Blaire family of New Hampshire. Eighty one year old Murray has summoned home his three children from near and far for a weekend, surreptitiously hoping to convince Lizzie, the youngest, to break up with her much older boyfriend. As in most families, there is drama and undercurrents of long ago events. "... harmony, that Artful Dodger in so many families, had its way of eluding his family as well ...." thinks Mur ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a terrific, interesting novel! For those who like family stories, a dramatic but just-light-enough family saga with flashbacks to flesh out the family history. In the present, the three bickering adult Blaire children have brought their literal and figurative baggage "back home" to NH to visit aging dad Murray and "decide" what to do about him. Everyone has a different opinion, including Murray. The dialogue crackles and the characters are nicely fleshed out and interesting. Lillian, the la ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Murray Blaire, now in his eighties, has invited his children, Ruth, George and Lizzie, for a weekend visit to his New Hampshire farm. Each bring their old rivalries and jealousies and are soon bickering. Their mother, Lillian, died years ago, leaving behind an old Fannie Farmer cookbook. In it's margins are notes their mother made with story ideas. She was passionate about her writing, hoping to be published. I enjoyed that the story included Lillian's life as a wife and mother to understand her ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 bick
Go Ask Fannie by Elisabeth Hyde is a book about family, the Blair Family. Murray Blair, an older gentleman with his farm of sunflowers has invited his children for a weekend. Ostensibly, to help break his younger daughter up with an older man who is a player. In reality, the weekend turns into a series of memories from when his family was younger, before the death of his wife and a son.

The children all come with various concerns and issues. His daughter, Lizzie lives nearby and is a tenured pro
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dysfunction family fun! With some serious afterthoughts... I actually enjoyed this :-)
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Short of It:

This family’s story tugged at my heart.

The Rest of It:

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/>The
Katie McCluskey
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story takes place over the course of a weekend. Murray Blaire invites his three (adult) children to spend the weekend at his New Hampshire home. But right from the get go, the family is thrown into chaos: Ruth wants her 81-year-old father in a retirement home; George feels like he’s the only sane sibling; and Lizzie may or may not have gotten herself into criminal trouble.

Over the days that follow the past is stirred up. For some family members, it’s been long buried. For others,
Gail Storey
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know a novel is really really good when 200 pages in you wish it were 400 pages longer, so you'd have that much more to relish. The first chapter made me anxious, with so many tensions among the three adult siblings and their aging father, but with her customary gift for psychological complexity, Elisabeth Hyde draws us progressively into each character's life to capture our empathy. As the esteemed writer, Janet Burroway, says of fiction, "Only trouble is interesting," and GO ASK FANNIE exp ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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,
Barbara Nutting
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A compelling family (no more screwed up than mine) who among secrets are also dealing with the “what to do with an elderly parent” (me) syndrome. Not there yet, but............! So well written, just like you’d just dropped in for a glass of wine and they regaled you with their story.

Just a current note - the last few pages could have been written by Brett Kavanaugh!! I am NOT for his confirmation, but I’m sure this is how he feels. Also, love the authors digs at Trump. Looking forwa
Sally taylor
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story of family and siblings. It was such a great read!
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** I was able to read this as part of the Penguin First to Read Program**

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.
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Elisabeth Hyde is the author, most recently, of GO ASK FANNIE, winner of the 2019 Colorado Book Award in General Fiction. She has also written five other critically acclaimed novels, including IN THE HEART OF THE CANYON, a NY Times Editor’s Choice and a People Magazine Great Read. Her fourth novel, THE ABORTIONIST'S DAUGHTER, became a best seller in Great Britain after being selected as a Summer R ...more
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