Ask Again, Yes

Ask Again, Yes

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"A family saga about two Irish American families in a New York suburb, the love between two of their children, and the tragedies that threaten to tear them apart and destroy their futures"-- Provided by publisher.
Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same Bronx precinct in 1973. They arent 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 housesthe loneliness of Franciss wife, Lena, and the instability of Brians 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 Franciss youngest daughter, Kate, and Brians son, Peter, who are born six months apart. In the spring of Kate and Peters 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 adulthoodvillains lose their menace, and those who appeared innocent seem less so. Kate and Peters love story is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace. -- Provided by publisher.
Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, rookie cops in the NYPD, live next door to each other outside the city. Their children, Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope, are born six months apart. As their bond is tested again and again over the next 40 years-- and as Kate and Peter fall in love-- their lives are haunted by echoes from the past. How much can a family forgive? -- adapted from jacket.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2019
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781982106980
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 16, 2019

A powerful family saga that tackles so many difficult topics with such understanding and grace, I don't know how Mary Beth does it. We follow two families from career to marriage to children to complete breakdown. All characters share in telling the story. I enjoyed hearing everyone's perspective and that this story was told linear. This story is character driven and very realistic.


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