Ask Again, Yes

Ask Again, Yes

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.

Title:Ask Again, Yes
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781982106980
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  • chai ?

    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 makeshif...

  • Emily May

    “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...

  • Susanne  Strong

    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!...

  • Kat

    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 f...

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    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 ...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    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 pro...

  • marilyn

    * 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 review.*I didn't want to put this book down from the moment ...

  • Angela M

    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 ...

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    ***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 more I thought about it, the more I realized how incredibly strong...

  • Tammy

    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 ...