Ask Again, Yes

Ask Again, Yes

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The Tonight Show Summer Reads Pick * “One of the most unpretentiously profound books I've read in a long time…modestly magnificent.” —Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air “A beautiful novel, bursting at the seams with empathy.” —Elle How much can a family forgive? A profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the friendship between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, the daily intimacies of marriage, and the power of forgiveness. Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, rookie cops in the NYPD, live next door to each other outside the city. What happens 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 explosive events to come. Ask Again, Yes is a deeply affecting exploration of the lifelong friendship and love that blossoms between Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope, born six months apart. One shocking night their loyalties are divided, and their bond will be tested again and again over the next 40 years. Luminous, heartbreaking, and redemptive, Ask Again, Yes reveals the way childhood memories change when viewed from the distance of adulthood—villains lose their menace and those who appeared innocent seem less so. Kate and Peter’s love story, while haunted by echoes from the past, is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Scribner, 2019.
ISBN: 9781982107000
Characteristics: 400 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Oct 24, 2020

An intriguing storyline. I couldn’t put this down. This author does a beautiful job of addressing mental health issues and the impact it has on families. While dealing with a heavy subject like mental illness this book reads like an ordinary life, an ordinary family but the way this story is told/written makes it hard to put down. Ultimately this book is about forgiveness and the journey we all take to get there. I really enjoyed this story and the hopeful optimism that lasted the whole novel.

Oct 21, 2020

Mary Beth Keane's profound insight into human nature is very impressive. This book is really an educational one in empathy. Keane makes the reader understand people's motives and how different perspectives on life are shaped. It also speaks to the resilience of the human spirit.

Oct 05, 2020

This is one of the BEST books I have read in a long time. Amazing characters and storyline. BRAVO!! Impossible to put down, I didn't want it to end. Highly recommend. Should be on your book club list.

Sep 30, 2020

This is a wonderful book, extremely well written with the universal themes of love and forgiveness in a great story of two neighboring families and their intertwined lives. I didn't want it to end.

Jun 07, 2020

Slow to start but an amazing book that kept you riveted

Jun 01, 2020

This marvelous novel captures and psychology of its characters extremely well. Two Irish families of policemen in New York City endure mental illness, addiction, and tragedy, but they not only survive, they learn to thrive and love. Highly recommended. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Apr 22, 2020

Great story, I loved it, could hardly put it down!

Apr 06, 2020

Terrific book. I plan to read other novels by Marty Beth Keane. Time well spent.

Feb 06, 2020

"We repeat what we don't repair."

loonylovesgood Feb 06, 2020

Though I thought the ending was a little abrupt, the story kept me hooked all the way through.

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