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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 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 review.
Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 4.7.19.
Will be published on Amazon and Twitter on 5.28.19.
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 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.