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Ask Again, Yes A profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the friendship between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, and the power of forgivenessFrancis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same Bronx precinct inThey aren t close friends on the job, but end up living next door to each other outside the city What goes on behind closed doors in both houses the loneliness of Francis s wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian s wife, Anne, sets the stage for the stunning events to come Ask Again, Yes by award winning author Mary Beth Keane, is a beautifully moving exploration of the friendship and love that blossoms between Francis s youngest daughter, Kate, and Brian s son, Peter, who are born six months apart In the spring of Kate and Peter s eighth grade year a violent event divides the neighbors, the Stanhopes are forced to move away, and the children are forbidden to have any further contactBut Kate and Peter find a way back to each other, and their relationship is tested by the echoes from their past Ask Again, Yes reveals how the events of childhood look different when reexamined from the distance of adulthood villains lose their menace, and those who appeared innocent seem less so Kate and Peter s love story is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace

About the Author: Mary Beth Keane

Mary Beth Keane attended Barnard College and the University of Virginia, where she received an MFA She was awarded a John S Guggenheim fellowship for fiction writing, and has received citations from the National Book Foundation, PEN America, and the Hemingway Society She is the author of The Walking People, Fever, and most recently, Ask Again, Yes, which was a New York Times Best Seller Both Fever and Ask Again, Yes are in development to become limited television series.

10 thoughts on “Ask Again, Yes

  1. says:

    The thing is, Peter, grown ups don t know what they re doing any better than kids do That s the truthOh, I love a good family drama Ask Again, Yes is a book about the members of two families the Gleesons and the Stanhopes They are first brought together through the New York City police academy when young rookies Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope work together Later, they become neighbours and start families next to one another Exc

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    Lying in my bed at night, after finishing this book, I found myself unwilling audience to a seethe of clashing thoughts about the story, like watching a flickering home movie projected into a makeshift screen My mind refused to release me to oblivion, and, although the ending does bring to one s mind the setting of one s soul at ease and the wheeling of stars into alignment, I turned the last page feeling heavier with what I knew I s

  3. says:

    5 Stars Edited after much thought to revise rating from 4.25 Stars to 5 Stars The ramifications of this novel and its ending have stayed with me Ask Again, Yes is Literary Fiction at its best This novel is an exploration of life, love, family, mistakes and the tragedies of everyday life The Stanhopes and the Gleasons are at odds Will they ever heal the rift that tore their families apart Alcoholism, friendship, forgiveness, mental illn

  4. says:

    Book of the Month selection June 2019The thing is, Peter, grown ups don t know what they re doing any better than kids do That s the truth You ve seen this book around before You know the one I m talking about it s got an aesthetically pleasing blue green cover, boasts of domestic drama and in depth character study of the darker side of families, while promising the reader that they will experience a grand range of emotion by the time th

  5. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Four angsty, dysfunctional, mind blowing, pushes you take a forty years journey of vivid characters and you got speechless on some parts of it starts Questions 1 Is this book including real big problems that the characters are dealing with as like alcoholism, mental illness, parental abandonment, cheating, deadly diseases, murder attempt YESSS 2 Is it also abou

  6. says:

    4.5 stars I have always enjoyed reading family stories that take me on their journey across time This is a story of two families over several decades and how their lives intersect in a tragic way as well as one that is filled of love and ultimately forgiveness Two NYC police officers, living next door to each other in the suburbs, connected mainly by the friendship of their two young children Abruptly the things going on in one of the famili

  7. says:

    The cover of this book is remarkable and behind the cover is a remarkable book At first glance, the cover appears to be an example of a painting technique known as impasto I think Closer scrutiny reveals a typical suburban neighborhood that could be Anywhere, USA And so it is with this novel At first glance, Ask Again, Yes seems to be an American dream or coming of age novel and in some ways it is but beneath these obvious themes lie muchA vio

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    NOW AVAILABLE This is one of those books that, as I pondered writing this review, I have changed my rating from a 4 to a 5 TheI thought about it, theI realized how incredibly strong the characters in this book are, I finished it last week and I m still thinking about them., all of them If you love strong character driven books, you will love this one I had a bit of believability issues with one of the main characters but it doesn t take away fro

  9. says:

    oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for BEST FICTION 2019 what will happen heads up to whom it may concern this book is primo book club bait in general, the best book club choices are ones with juicy conflicts at their centers which inspire strong, differing, politely expressed opinions from your assembled booknerds and the best of these have an extra component they allow the reader a sort of peripheral empathy taking recognizable, relatabl

  10. says:

    FIVE UNPUTDOWNABLE STARSWell No reason to read anybooks this year This is it My favorite of 2019 While I tend to devour the psychological suspense novels, I also love a good and messy family drama novel Ask Again, Yes is a character driven family saga covering almost three generations from Ireland to contemporary New York state The story revolves around two couples living as neighbors, but not really as friends There is something a little cold about

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