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Penguin: Putnam Trade Spring 2019

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Go Ask Fannie
By (author): Elisabeth Hyde
9780735218611 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Family Life / General Apr 02, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.44 x 8.2 x 0.64 in 304 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
“With all the feels of a This Is Us episode, Hyde’s latest novel will delight readers”(Booklist).Three adult siblings. Three days with their father. What could go wrong?

When Murray Blaire invites his three children to his New Hampshire farm for a few days, he makes it clear he expects things to be pleasant. But when Ruth and George arrive already bickering and Lizzie turns up late, cradling a damaged family cookbook and talking about possible criminal charges against her, all hope for a relaxing family weekend is gone.

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 notes written in its pages, pages Lizzie risked her spotless record to save, provide tantalizing clues to their mother’s ambitions and the mysterious choices she once made, choices that pulled the Blaire family apart, but could also bring them back together.

Told with equal measures of humor and tenderness, Go Ask Fannie is a warm and heartfelt tale of the power of family and the pains of growing up, proving that family survival isn’t about setting aside old rivalries, but preserving the love that’s written between the lines.

Story Locale: New Hampshire

PERFECT BOOK CLUB READING: With its funny, relatable family and tough heroines who make hard choices and big mistakes, this novel is just right for book club discussions. Mothers will relate to Lillian Blaire and her struggle to balance motherhood and professional ambitions, and anyone with adult siblings will see themselves in Ruth, George, and Lizzie and their interpersonal drama.

ADULT SIBLINGS BEHAVING BADLY is a perennial reader favorite, especially in paperback as seen from the successes of The Nest and The Weird Sisters.

WELL-BALANCED HUMOR AND TRAGEDY: While a mysterious tragic accident informs the Blaire siblings’ past, their relationships and personal lives are treated with such warmth and humor that readers can’t help but be attracted to them, drama and all.

ACCLAIMED AUTHOR: Elisabeth Hyde made a name for herself with The Abortionist’s Daughter, which was published by Knopf and grossed over 70k in combined hardcover and paperback sales. She has received praise from all the heavy hitters, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, People, the Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, etc.

NEW PACKAGE IN PAPERBACK: We’re giving Hyde a full paperback makeover, emphasizing the elements of fun family drama and warmth that inform the novel and give it such wide commercial appeal. This new look will speak to a wider audience, capturing old and new readers alike.

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 & 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.

Author Residence: Boulder, Colorado

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“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

“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

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