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.
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 and 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.
"Wonderful characters, a gorgeous sense of time and place, and elegant storytelling make GO ASK FANNIE an utter delight. The members of this loving, raging, totally compelling family may not like one another all the time, but I adored them all from the first page. Elisabeth Hyde has written a funny, joyous novel, heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once and in the very best ways." — Laurie Frankel, author of This is How It Always Is
"A book full of huge-hearted mistake makers that you'll want to call your own--GO ASK FANNIE is a rousing reminder that the only way to truly forgive another person is to first forgive yourself." —Courtney Maum, author of Touch and I am Having So Much Fun Here Without You
"Elisabeth Hyde is a remarkably lucid and authoritative novelist." --John Irving "[Hyde's] prose is vigorous and natural, her perception subtle, her voice and those of her characters all-American." —The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)