Ask Again, Yes

Ask Again, Yes

Book - 2019
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How much can a family forgive? A profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the bond 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, two 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 Francis and Lena’s daughter, Kate, and Brian and Anne’s son, Peter. 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 tested by echoes from the past, is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2019
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781982106980
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 24 cm


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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.

STPL_Kerry Nov 20, 2019

This book was such an interesting examination of love (and the different ways we love and are loved), and the people and events that shape us (can we ever truly escape our past?). It is a character-driven portrayal of the warp and weft that weave together the history of two families and change the trajectory of their lives forever. It crosses the span of 40+ years, yet is written at the perfect pace to never feel rushed or clunky, and is written from the view point of many characters, so we get multiple points of view. I thought this was a fantastic novel that really resonates with you, and I found myself just wanting to process it for a bit once I was done before jumping into my next read.

Nov 03, 2019

Love is not enough. Nowhere near. So says more than one character in this story of two families through several decades. Mental illness, alcoholism, serious injury, serious illness, infidelity, abandonment, etc. The characters experience these and more through their lives but come out the other side "fine" (and I don't mean F.I.N.E.). Almost none of these characters take the easy way out and as a result are rewarded with the power of love, forgiveness and redemption.

Oct 21, 2019

This is very strong character driven fiction that focuses on two families and their lifelong relationships with each other. Great character development. Good choice for literary readers.

Sep 20, 2019

Sort of reminds me of Romeo and Juliet, with a few twists.

I’m not sure why the book got such great reviews though. I felt it rather lengthy to get to a satisfactory ending, with not a whole lot of bang. It was sort of a diary as life happens in our everyday world.

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