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  • Hardcover
  • 390 pages
  • Ask Again Yes
  • Mary Beth Keane
  • English
  • 09 June 2015
  • 9781982106980

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Ask Again Yes“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 nightThis 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 doneI 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 conseuences can be far reaching both over time and to other people The book follows the Gleeson daughter Kate and the Stanhope son Peter over many years and yet they can never fully escape their beginningsYou probably know by now if this is a YOU book It's one of those for readers who like to explore the nuances of human behaviour and relationships An obvious choice if you loved Ng's Little Fires EverywhereBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube How much can a family forgiveA 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 forgivenessFrancis 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 5 Stars Edited after much thought to revise rating from 425 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 this one with you Kaceey and was so glad that you ended up liking this one too Thank you to NetGalley Scribner and Mary Beth Keane for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest reviewPublished on NetGalley and Goodreads on 4719Will be published on and Twitter on 52819 suburban drama family dynamics truly what's not to love this was addicting and super enjoyable although this story didn't break my brain or anything it was fun and i'd totally recommend for fans of little fires everywhere the mothers etc 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 truthYou'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 uite enticing and the author did leave an impression that kept me thinking about these characters well after finishing their storyI can't help but loosely compare this book to the likes of Liane Moriarty because I had a similar reading experience while working through Ask Again Yes as I did when I picked up Big Little Lies Years ago I joined an online bookclub with my sister and the first month we participated we were discussing BLL It was long and I was intimidated and the beginning portions were incredibly slow so much so that I almost tossed the book and told Irina she was on her own ; I'm really glad she encouraged me to stick with it because once I was fully invested in the characters I began to breeze through and consider it one of the first books to help me embrace the lighter side of the mystery genre AAY has a very similar setup slow burning intro while we get acuainted with the characters and then we steadily speed up once a few things begin to happen There are many many emotional aspects to this story and for the most part it's very sad and mildly heavy but the ending was done so well that it kept my final verdict as hopeful while teaching me where to be grateful The characters of both families suffer tremendously in various ways over the years and some of the reasons are based on their choices but most of the outcomes are results of unexpected circumstances which gave a tense straining sensation as the story unfolds If you enjoy family sagas that feature coming of age in less than ideal circumstances you may want to give this one a try for yourself Some of the buzz worthy topics included are mental health addiction cancer and how tragedy affects all sorts of relationships such as married couples and parentschildren Those are some tough issues to cover but this book does so in very mild ways with little to no graphic content and mainly just in being referred to prior to an event or as a memory The possible discussions that will spur from reading this book are endless and I cannot wait to see how the general public reacts to Ask Again Yes once it's released Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy Four angsty dysfunctional mind blowing pushes you take a forty years journey of vivid characters and you got speechless on some parts of it startsuestions1 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 YESSS2 Is it also about dysfunctional two families and your daily dramasYESSS3 Are there also a big love story between two families’ childrenYESSS 4 Are these two children Kate and Peter forcedly separated after a family tragedy One of them’s mother shot the other’s father oh yesss that’s what I called big tragedywhen they were 13 but they occasionally find each other YESSS but hmmm okay YESSS 5 are we having a great 40 years journey of those two family members YESSS6 Did the book remind you of True Detective episodesHmmm partly YESSS7 Does it have a chance for nominations of Best Goodreads Fiction 2019Oh YESSS8 So do you recommend this book to the othersDON’T ASK ME AGAIN OF COURSE YESSS I've added a link to an article called A conversation with Mary Beth Keane best selling author of Ask Again Yes to the bottom of this reviewI didn't want to put this book down from the moment I started ittoo bad I needed sleep and had other things I needed to do Still I read it within a few short days and it hurt my heart but also filled me with hope Mary Beth Keane did a great job of putting her words down on paper Kate and Peter born to neighbors 6 months apart had a connection from the beginning of their time They were best friends but than best friends they knew each other and loved each other before they were even aware of that fact Kate had a blessed life and a loving family but Peter had a harsh troubled life both a troubled dad and a troubled mom Peter carried the weight of the world on his young shoulders weight that a child should not have to carry When Kate is 13 Peter 14 something happens that shatters their lives and the lives of their families Peter and his family have to leave immediately and Kate is left with a hole in her heart Peter too is left with a hole holes that only the other can fill Eventually Kate and Peter make contact again and all of the past is still with them and their families past that is part of their present too I won't say about the book except that it was so heart wrenching so real but also so full of family and love that I finished the book wanting to continue being a part of Kate and Peter's lives Here's a link to an article about this book May 28th 2019Thank you to Scribner and NetGalley for this ARC 45 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 burdens that while can be lightened by that love loyalty and forgiveness they can never fully be erased An ending that was satisfying and provided realistic closure Highly recommendedThis was a monthly buddy read with Diane and EsilI received an advanced copy of this book from Scribner through Edelweiss and NetGalley NOW AVAILABLEThis 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 workFrom 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 actedFrancis 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 homeWithin 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 uite a different matter she does not go out of her way to befriend the Gleesons and keeps to her house much of the time Later both Anne and Lena have children only six months apart Peter and Kate who are immediately bonded to each other even as little friends Their story will play a huge part in the novelA terrible incident occurs which changes the lives of everyone in both families it is tragic horrific and probably could have been avoided The Stanhopes are forced to move away I would not spoil this novel for anyone by giving away anything This is a book that I couldn’t wait to get back to and finished in two days This story hits all the emotional buttons happiness extreme sadness frustration hope love and forgiveness We are taken through the lives of these families who handle the tragedy in very different ways The plot flows very well and is extremely well thought out We really get to know these people this is the first book this year that has touched me in this wayBuy the book read it ponder what you would do in this situation and you won’t be disappointedAs an afterthought I did read The Walking People by this author many years ago and it was excellent so if you enjoy this one go back and read the otherI received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss 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 techniue 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 leaves two families forever changed and another event leaves them forever linked You will live the decades of these characters’ lives right along with them Mental illness stoicism alcoholism achievement love and forgiveness mark this marvelous novel and the author treats her characters with great tenderness You won’t forget them


About the Author: Mary Beth Keane

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 F