Ask Again, Yes

Ask Again, Yes EPUB Ask Again, Yes Mary Beth Keane 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.

Mary Beth Keane s first novel, The Walking People 2009 was a finalist for the PEN Hemingway Award, and her second novel, Fever 2013 was named a best book of 2013 by NPR Books, Library Journal, and The San Francisco Chronicle In 2011 she was named to the National Book Foundation s 5 under 35 She was a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction and her new novel, Ask Again, Yes, is forthcoming in Jun

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  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Ask Again, Yes
  • Mary Beth Keane
  • English
  • 26 June 2019
  • 9781982106980

10 thoughts on “Ask Again, Yes

  1. Emily May says:

    The thing is, Peter, grown ups don t know what they re doing any better than kids do That s 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 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 over the course of the novel, integrated so seamlessly that it wasn t until I looked back at the end that I fully appreciated what Keane had done.I don t want to make the book seem sentimental, because it is not at all But it is very empathetic, and the author writes each character with love and sensitivity Anne s mental illness causes ruptures in her marriage with Brian, amongst other things, while the Gleesons seem determined to honor commitment no matter what troubles befall them I love the understanding that consequences can be far reaching, both o...

  2. Chaima ✨ شيماء says:

    Lying in my bed at night, after finishing this book, I found myself unwilling audience to a seethe of objectionable 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 brings to mind the setting of one s soul at ease and the wheeling of stars into alignment once again, I turned the last page feeling heavier with what I knew I still do So, what s this book about Brian Stanhope and Francis Gleeson are friends, but perhaps friends is an inaccurate word to use They moved into neighboring homes in the small town of Gillam with their respective new brides, Anne and Lena, but mainly were thrown together by the fact that they were both rookie cops in a tough Bronx precinct a situation which, at the time, did not seem necessarily unpropitious Francis s youngest daughter, Kate, and Brian s only son, Peter, sought true friendship in the golden harbor of each other s arms, but tragedy found them first Violence and towering rage were like a leak th...

  3. Susanne Strong 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 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 I was like oh Then there is the ending yes, tears sprung to my eyes, some of you are like, yeah big surprise, you old sap Seriously though, I simply couldn t help myself If you love literary fiction, fiction or are just looking for a great read, grab this and read it You will not be disappointed This was a buddy read with Kaceey I loved reading th...

  4. Chelsea Humphrey says:

    Book of the Month selection June 2019 The 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, pure and simple book club bait While I always fall for the cover, the inside of such books rarely leaves a longterm impression on me, because it is truly difficult for a book that follows the same procedure and format as every other in its genre to attain a memorable status in my internal hard drive Yes, this book did follow that formula, remaining fairly predictable, but for some reason these characters were quite enticing, and the author did leave an impression that kept me thinking about these characters well after finishing their story.I can t help but loosely compare this book to the likes of Li...

  5. Angela M 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 everyone s life and the two young friends are separated In less capable hands, this book could have been melodramatic, but it wasn t The author addressed some tough, realistic issues mental illness, alcoholism, parental abandonment and the effects on these characters, who I was vested in throughout, felt for throughout This could never be a happily ever after story because the things that happened to these characters are bur...

  6. Dorie - Traveling Sister :) 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 The I thought about it, the I 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 which I think greatly improved my understanding of how the individuals felt and acted.Francis Gleeson has had a great career, he is strong willed, intelligent, diligent and yet with his family he has an incredible soft touch He is the first to move to this new suburb, he, his wife and two daughters are doing well individually and as a family, although Lena is at times lonely and would like a larger life outside the home.Within months Brian and Anne move in next door to the Gleeson s Brian and Francis are not close friends at this point, but they are friendly Anne is quite a different matter, she does not go out of her way to befriend the Gleesons and keeps to her house mu...

  7. Tammy 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 much A violent act ...

  8. (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas says:

    Mary Beth Keane s novel, Ask Again, Yes is ultimately about family, love, mistakes, forgiveness and being able to move forward in life, to move past tragedy and embrace our lives both the good and bad moments This is definitely not my typical type of read but I m so glad I gave it a try The Gleesons and the Stanhopes fully captured me I easily found myself invested in these people as I followed their family histories through time Brian Stanhope and Francis Gleeson are rookie cops who meet at the academy and are then assigned to the same precinct Years later they find themselves living next to each other, their children becoming friends and the families forever intertwined This is also a story that sheds light on some of the darker aspects of family life alcoholism, mental illness, abuse and infidelity On a night when young Peter Stanhope and Kate Gleeson sneak out to be together, tragedy strikes causing a huge rift between the two families The two teenagers are ripped apart from each other despite their love for each other Can their love survive distance, time and familial obligation I loved Kate and Peter so much I was fully invested in their story and how it evolved over time Though this was a slow moving novel which I m typically not a huge fan of , I found myself coming back to it every chance I got The characters were well fleshed out and Keane wrote about mental...

  9. karen says:

    NOW AVAILABLE 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 terms it s about two families and one verybad night that changes the course of their lives for decades to come and the specifics of this dramatically inflated situation, and all of its ripple effects, are sure to inspire some wide ranging booknerd opinions it has all of the things that breed discussion nuanced characters with complicated relationships given years to develop and adjust, and to confront life s myriad challenges infidelity, addiction, mental illness, abandonment, loneliness, regret all of the meaty woes of life but it s also a first love story, with a bit of a romeo and julie...

  10. j e w e l s says:

    FIVE UNPUTDOWNABLE STARSWell No reason to read any books 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 one of the wives and even though the men work as cops together, the families never hit it off Over the years, one child from each family becomes very close with the other, and at the age of fourteen, this couple realizes they may even love each other But then, a tragic incident Their friendship and love for each other is put to the test many times in the years that follow for our young lovebirds However, this is so much than a run of the mill Romeo and Juliet story Mary Beth Keane is a remarkable and gifted writer She writes with empathy and concern for all her fictional characters She cares about them And, so will you She seamlessly weaves in alc...

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