Ask Again, Yes


      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 forgiveness.Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same Bronx precinct in 1973 They 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 contact.But 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. Read Ask Again, Yes – tbjewellers.co.uk

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.

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  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Ask Again, Yes
  • Mary Beth Keane
  • English
  • 23 November 2019
  • 1982106999

10 thoughts on “ Ask Again, Yes

  1. says:

    The thing is, Peter, grown ups dont know what theyre doing any better than kids do Thats the truth. Oh, 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 Except any chance of cordiality between them is destroyed onThe 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 Except any chance of cordiality between them is destroyed on one fateful night.This is one of those intimate character portraits that explores the interactions between the characters in depth and with an unusual level of insight into human nature There are some perfectly crafted scenes where as the reader I felt like, yes, that is exactly how someone would behave in that situation While the book is busy focusing on the characters, many issues emerge ove...

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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 ones soul at ease and the wheeling of stars into alignment, I turned the last page feeling heavier with what I knew I still do So, whats this book about Brian Stanhope and Francis 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...

  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 illness, love and tragedy These are the themes of Ask 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 illness, love and tragedy These are the themes of Ask Again, Yes This is one heck of an engrossing novel I truly felt for the characters of Peter and Kate The trials and tribulations of two families your heart will literally be pulled in two, feeling bad for each, at certain points in time, almost feeling as if you are betraying the other Admittedly, parts of this novel totally shocked me I felt as though I should have understood certain things from the get go and didn t and when things came to light...

  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 the final page is turned These books are one thing, 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 ...

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    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 about dysfunctional two families and your daily dramas YESSS 3 Are there also a big love story between two families children YESSS 4 Four angsty, dysfunctional, mind blowing,...

  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 families impact the other in a way that changes everyones 4.5 stars I have always enjoyed reading family stories that take me on their journey across tim...

  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 violent act leaves two families forever 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 typi...

  8. says:

    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 Im 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 doesnt take away from the entire body of work.From 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 from the entire body of work.From the blurb you know that this novel is about two neighboring families, both husbands are policemen who started out as rookies on the NYPD force The book is told from several points of view...

  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 componentthey allow the reader a sort of peripheral empathy taking recognizable, relatable issues like illness, marital job stress, 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, relatable issues like illness, marital job stress, disputes with the neighbors, etc, and then dramatically inflating them into situations one hopes never to have to live through, providing that there but for the shiver the publisher s synopsis seems to want to keep its secrets, so i ll play along and summarize in the broadest term...

  10. says:

    contemporary fiction i keep forgetting how much i love this genre i always find myself amazed each time i pick up a book that perfectly showcases how ordinary people can be extraordinary this story doesnt rely on gimmicks theres no shying away from difficult topics its just me, falling in love with simple characters doing the best they can there was no predicting where life would go there was no real way for a person to try something out, to see if he liked it, because you try it and try contemporary fiction i keep forgetting how much i love this genre i always find myself amazed each time i pick up a book that perfectly showcases how ordinary people can be extraordinary this story doesnt rely on gimmicks theres no shying away from difficult topics its just me, falling in love with simple characters doing the best they canthere was no predicting where life would go there was no real way for a person to try something out, to see if he liked it, because you try it and try it and try it a little longer and next thing it s who you arei love stories which remind me that, even though we have different struggles in life, we all have them and that commonality, that bond, can go as deep as we allow it regardless if its with our neighbour, our mother, or our husband this book shows us how, in the wake of tragedy, a bond has the ability to form because of it tenderly written and honestly told, this story is one of humanity, forgiveness, determination, an...

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