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    • Publication date:19 Apr 2018

Go Ask Fannie Farmer

By Elisabeth Hyde

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A brightly fun and incredibly moving novel about three bickering adult siblings rebuilding their family in the wake of tragedy.

Eighty-one year-old Murray Blair had some serious matters to discuss this weekend, and he wanted things to run smoothly. But harmony, that Artful Dodger in so many families, had its way of eluding his family as well.


Though the adult Blair siblings have agreed to keep things calm and amiable on a trip to stay with their elderly father, each arrives, in true Blair style, with a secret agenda. But plans are derailed when Lizzie, the youngest, turns up late with a burnt hand, impending criminal charges, and a damp family cookbook: Fannie Farmer's Boston Cooking School.

The now ruined cookbook is the last vestige of a more idyllic time, when there were four siblings, not three, a public family reputation to uphold, and a mother whose handwritten notes in the margins of the recipes are their last link to her after the accident years ago.

But secrets will always out, especially amongst family: and this weekend, the Blair siblings will learn that there is more to their mother's story than they could have anticipated...

Told in three parts, roving between then and now, Go Ask Fannie Farmer tells of the life and death of Lillian Blair, the over-bearing, bickering, but loving children who look for ways to connect with one another in her absence, and the inner lives we hide from our families.


'A remarkably lucid and authoritative novelist' John Irving

Biographical Notes

Elisabeth Hyde is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, most recently 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 the UK after being selected as a Summer Read by The Richard and Judy Show. Trained as a lawyer, she tried cases for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., for several years, a day-job that still gives her stomach aches just to think about it. Realizing that she preferred written conflict over face-to-face argument, she eventually left the law to write fiction, and never looked back. She lives in Boulder with her husband and the best dog in the whole world.

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