A brightly fun and incredibly moving novel about three bickering adult siblings rebuilding their family in the wake of tragedy.
'A remarkably lucid and authoritative novelist' John Irving
AS RECOMMENDED BY ELLA WOODWARD
'Accomplished, assured . . . A richly rewarding read' The Sunday Times
'A first-rate storyteller, funny and compassionate' Woman & Home
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.
'Hyde's latest novel will delight readers' Booklist
'Hyde creates a family we can all relate to . . . and does so with great humour' Woman
Accomplished, assured . . . A richly rewarding read - The Sunday Times
A remarkably lucid and authoritative novelist
Hyde is a first-rate storyteller, funny and compassionate - Woman & Home
Elisabeth Hyde creates a family we can all relate to - the squabbling siblings, the truths we never admit to ourselves, let along others - and does so with great humour - Woman
Irresistible - Prima
Elisabeth Hyde captures family life perfectly . . . superb and compelling - The Book Bag
Hyde's latest novel will delight readers - Booklist