Told in three parts, roving between then and now, Go Ask Fannie 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.
[Go Ask Fannie] displays her marvelous gift for creating vibrant and believable characters while keeping a keen, often humorous eye on their less desirable traits ... Hyde’s insightful and engaging novel is highly recommended.
The story — which involves a crime, an accident, an aging father, a connection with an old flame, and various other dramas — whirls briskly. Hyde has a fine ear for dialogue ... She handles the many narrative threads deftly, moving back and forth in time and highlighting various points of view.
Hyde (The Abortionist’s Daughter, 2006) gives readers a family that could mirror their own, including the characters, the conversations, and the treasured family keepsake. With all the feel of a This Is Us episode, Hyde’s latest novel will delight readers.