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Ask Again, Yes
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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. I devoured this astonishing tale of two families linked by chance, love, and tragedy. Mary Beth Keane gives us characters so complex and alive that I find myself still thinking of them days after turning the final page. A must-read. J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Saints for All Occasions Mary Beth Keane is at the height of her powers in this novel about the sacrifices we make when we choose to build a life with someone. In Ask Again, Yes Keane tells a story about the fragility of happiness, the violence lurking beneath everyday life, and, ultimately, the power of love. If youve ever loved someone beyond reason, you will love this wise, tender, and beautiful book. Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints
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AmyG
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And I completed my goal of finishing Ask Again, Yes. Wonderful drama about two families. And I started The Essex Serpent.
Thank you @Andrew65 for another fun #20in4 #readathon.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🌼📚💛 2mo
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AmyG
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I have been busy with birthdays and guests and hven‘t read much. I am hoping I can finally just read this weekend!

My goal is really just to finish the tagged book.

#20in4 @Andrew65

KellyK One of my favorite reads of 2021… well, because I ❤️ a good family drama. I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
AmyG @KellyK I love a good family drama, too. So far I am really enjoying this one. 2mo
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AmyG
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My reading buddy, Tico. My daughter‘s new cat. Babysitting. *heaven 🥰

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BethHagey
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peacegypsy
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I can‘t stay away from the headphones on this one!

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KindleAddict
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Mehso-so

This book was pretty slow, it really held my interest at points, I kept waiting for something great to happen but it never did and the ending was just anticlimatic

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Mehso-so

A pretty slow start, but overall a decent story about two Irish families in the northeast that must overcome tragedy together.

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Karmapen
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Mehso-so

I felt like the pacing was off on this one, and quite frankly I just didn‘t really like anyone that much. But the story was engaging enough to keep reading?

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Eggs Stacked ❤️📚🥰 9mo
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carol2585
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Read the entire review in the comment section

Ask Again, yes! Is a slow paced family drama which revolves around two neighbours the Gleesons family and the Stanhope family, the strong bond of friend between their children and how the tragedy of one night changed their lives forever. The book talks about many things like friends, love, mental health issue and how family history can effect one‘s currently life.
#augustread #askagainyes

carol2585 This book has been on my tbr for pretty some time now and I finally decided to read it.

Ask Again, yes! Is a slow paced family drama which revolves around two neighbours the Gleesons family and the Stanhope family, the strong bond of friend between their children and how the tragedy of one night changed their lives forever. The book talks about many things like friends, love, mental health issue and how family history can effect one‘s currently life.

I was only going to give this book a 3 star rating at first, but ended up giving it one extra only because I was able to finish it. Though well written, its slow pace made it very boring at times. The characters were likeable but I thought the author should have done more justice to them.

The book is divided into 4 parts, the first part was quite interesting, while the remaining three just felt flat. However, the author was able the create some sort of mysterious build up in the 3rd and 4th part, which urges the reader to hang on in the hope that there would be a twist, only to be disappointed at the end. There are so many questions that were unanswered, which according to me, should have been played around with to add some sort of twist to the story like where was Brian Stanhope that night it all happened and why did he not stop her? I think that the character of Brian Stanhope should have been more developed rather than going completely silent.

Is it only me who want the know where Brian was? Or do others also feel the same? Feel free to leave a comment

Overall, a family drama with a happy ending!
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ashleyn
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Such a good read, touching on so many heavy topics. Who Francis and Kate were throughout the story were my favorites but I also loved Lena's quiet but fierce way of loving and caring for her family. Highly recommend! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Bookwormjillk
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This was a really sad book, but it was told with empathy. Good on audio.

BkClubCare Oh good to know- I need more “good on audio” recs. Thx! 10mo
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BookBr
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I just found this book so overwhelmingly sad I could barely stand it. It may be unfair to so-so it when obviously the writing was powerful enough to strongly affect me, but there it is. Even though the final chapters were clearly meant to portray hope and a sense of peace, it didn‘t work for me. I‘ll put it in the LFL and try not to think about it.

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BookBr
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I picked this up for the LFL, but thought I‘d give it a read first…

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I really enjoyed this book but there were some parta that just went on. I almost bailed. I liked the complex family dynamics and how they navigated them.

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Court_Nay Such a great pick! 12mo
rather_be_reading @Court_Nay ive heard great things1 12mo
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KarinWestbrook
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I picked this book up tonight knowing it was going to be a difficult read. It‘s a tragedy to me that children grow up neglected and often alone, much like Peter in the story. *
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When I read this quote, it made my heartache for the little boy who has to walk on pins and needles everyday of his life as he does not know which mother he will be getting that day.*
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Mental health, anxiety, depression and Post partum are real and painful for everyone.

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rachaich
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Brilliant book, thoroughly enjoyed all of it and would recommend to many different people 😊😊😍

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rachaich
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This is great, I keep thinking about it and then carrying on.

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rachaich
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Really getting into this saga like tale, weaving two families and a multitude of characters.

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Judybskt
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Loved this!

emz711 Beautiful flowers! 13mo
Judybskt @emz711 thank you! They‘re from my garden. I planted a lot of bulbs last Fall. 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💛💙 13mo
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Judybskt
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Next up for book club!

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Lesanne
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I didn‘t know much about this book going in. It‘s a slow character driven story that drew me in early. By the end I was a little weary of the lack of plot (other than a couple of bursts of intense action not much happened) and found my focus wandering. I enjoyed the writing and the complex characters, though. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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JenReadsAlot
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I thought this was so good! #bookspinbingo Got a Bingo too! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! 14mo
TheNerdyProfessor I really enjoyed this one! I hope she writes another soon! 14mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
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A very interesting book, I think this book and its plot will stay with me 😊🤔 Read for a prompt for the #PopSugarReadingChallenge2021 4/5

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DHill
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Just started this novel of tragedy, grace and forgiveness and already I want to know how the story unfolds.

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candority
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This is a fantastic novel about two families whose lives are deeply intertwined over the course of four decades. It features strong and realistically flawed characters, difficult topics handled with care (such as mental illness, alcoholism, and so many others), and overall, it is just really well crafted. It is a quiet novel – one that moves slowly and that you need to settle yourself into, but once you do, it is well worth the read. 4.5⭐️

candority This was my #DoubleSpin book for February, finished two days late! @TheAromaofBooks 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
Tamra I love quiet - often code for rich character development. 😁 1y
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candority @Tamra Definitely! I love quiet books too 😊 1y
MyNamesParadise I listened to the audiobook of this and it was so good!! The narrator did a fantastic job. I bought the book after listening to it. 1y
candority @MyNamesParadise I went back and forth between reading and listening! I agree though, the narrator was fantastic! 1y
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Kris10H
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My Rating: 5/5
I found this novel to be well thought out and well written. The characters were very believable, in that they were so stunningly...human. As always, I am very interested in people, and understanding why and how they become who they are. This story provided a cross-generational narrative that explains just that of its characters.

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crhealey
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When you are trying to limit your grocery trips once again but you haven‘t eaten all day, it‘s time for a #breakfastfordinner feast.

Liked this book a lot but feel I still didn‘t understand Peter by the end. It felt like they set up his struggles like “well it‘s obvious, look at his parents” & while that‘s fair, I feel there was a lot more to explore.

However, this was so engaging which I‘m so glad about after my last fiction read fell flat.

crhealey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 2y
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bio_chem06
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I read this for my book club and I was hoping for a little more. This is the kind of story that makes me take a break from nonfiction fora while. I‘m probably in the minority for how I feel about this book, but it‘s only a so-so for me.

JeffyRoo I'd agree. It was a good family drama (wow) but I kept waiting for it to GO somewhere. For there to be some sort of conclusion. I found it a bit unsatisfying. 2y
bio_chem06 @JeffyRoo I got all the way to the end & was thinking, if her dad was clearly able to make it via cab to watch the children, why did they take the risk of having the mother in law do it? It‘s not like rehab was a secret to Francis. Clearly it was to put closure to all these relationships, but I found it so pushed. I was annoyed with the storyline. 2y
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RenePenn
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Current audio. The weekend has been super busy with little time to listen, but looking forward to picking up tomorrow during drive time.

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cariashley
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I loved this. It reminded me of Ann Patchett in the best way, but was also its own thing entirely. I‘m a sucker for an NYC cop theme since it‘s what I grew up with (but don‘t get me wrong, we need to #defundthepolice). #botm

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Just had that bizarre frisson of recognition while reading fiction. This *is* my in-laws. I read these lines to my husband and he said “Wow. That‘s my dad.” Maybe it‘s a NY suburb thing for this particular generation.

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Yahui07
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It is slow through one third of this book and getting better. 4 stars out of 5.

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cariashley
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Happy place with my newest read, taking advantage of this gorgeous weather while I can. Book is good so far! #vineyardreads

JanuarieTimewalker13 Beautiful !!! 2y
JenReadsAlot I love visiting wineries! 2y
Cathythoughts So lovely ✨ 2y
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BlueBowBooks
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Engaging and well-told story.

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Chab256
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I actually finished both my goal reads for #SuperSeptember ! Transcendent Kingdom and Ask Again, Yes were similar in that they were both more character driven than plot driven and both dealt with mental illness, addiction and family trauma, but I was much less engaged with Ask Again, Yes. It wasn't bad, but it was slow moving and didn't hold a candle to Transcendent Kingdom.
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Chab256
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I finished Transcendent Kingdom and am 127 pages into Ask Again, Yes. This one is moving much slower than Transcendent Kingdom.
"Francis braced for something more personal than he wanted to be asked. It was one of the first things he'd noticed about America, that everyone felt at ease asking each other any question that came into their minds."
#quotes
#SuperSeptember Readathon
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Going along nicely. 👏👏👏 2y
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Eggbeater
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I don't know how to best describe how I felt about this book. There was absolutely no humor in it. It was depressing, but I did like it. The characters will stick with me. The struggles of a family coping with mental illness and alcoholism were portrayed really well.

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This was a powerful story of family dynamics. Of love and loss, and surviving trauma. It is also a sensitive portrayal of mental illness and addiction. Spanning multiple decades, you really get to know and love both the Gleeson‘s and Stanhope‘s (well, most of them), for better or worse.

Also, without giving away any spoilers, I‘ll just say the ending was perfect.

TheSpineView I agree with you on the ending! 😍 2y
4thhouseontheleft @TheSpineView I needed a positive ending, I was worried there in the last few chapters! 2y
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This chapter is set in the late 90s. Some things change SO slowly.

And a reminder that (mostly) black activists have been beating this drum for YEARS. It‘s about time the rest of the country wakes up and listens. I didn‘t back then, I freely admit and acknowledge my unfortunate complicity, because I would never have had a conversation like this when I was in college in the late 90s.

Scochrane26 I look back & realize that I have been very uneducated until about 10 yrs ago. I‘ve been making more of an effort this last few years. 2y
4thhouseontheleft @scochrane26 For me, my journey of unlearning started my senior year of college when I studied abroad, and continued in the years after 9/11 when I realized how much islamophobia and racism festered inside my family. 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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I‘ve got my outdoor reading spot set up at our temporary townhome home!

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MMFinck
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Hard but wonderful read.

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4thhouseontheleft
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Next weekend we hand the 🔑 over on the home we have lived in since 2011. We‘re moving into a townhome until our new home is finished, around March 2021.

One of the things I will miss most in the interim is our renovated bathroom that we designed ourselves. I LOVE this bathroom.

You will find me in my soaking tub probably every day this week, using up my remaining bath bombs! 🤣 🛀 Esp nights like this after moving over a bunch of stuff. ⬇️⬇️

Crazeedi May your new home be filled with joy and happiness! 2y
4thhouseontheleft I‘m also trying not to think about the fact that my parents don‘t even know our moving date or new address. I tried calling my mom on the 25th for her birthday, and she hung up on me after 10 seconds. No clue what they‘re mad about (story of my life), but it still hurts. (edited) 2y
4thhouseontheleft @Crazeedi Thank you!! 💕💕 2y
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Crazeedi @4thhouseontheleft oh no, that is so sad. Life is too short to hold anger in families, I hope you find a way to reach your mom and repair your relationship, big hug my friend 2y
4thhouseontheleft @Crazeedi aww, thanks. Honestly, I‘ve been dealing with that kind behavior from them for years. YEARS. 2y
GardenJess So sorry about the family part- families are hard. That bath looks amazing however! 2y
MoonWitch94 💕❤️💕 Sending you lots of peace & tranquility! Moving is stressful under the best conditions. And extra peace & positivity so that your parents‘ behavior doesn‘t add too much chaos. 😘 2y
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MartinaLove
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My bingo card. 🥳

Fav color on the cover: Night of the Dragon
Mental illness: See Me
One word title: Rainbirds
New release: Jane Anonymous
Gifted: Ask Again Yes

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TheSpineView
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If a book was ever an experience this one was. Lovely prose and a deeply layered story. It is tragic and yet remained hopeful. A delight to read. My full review is on my blog at www.thespineview.com. 4 ⭐

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MartinaLove
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Started this one yesterday. 📖 So far i'm intrigue.

If you have any recommendations of adult romance and mystery/horror/thrillers. Please let me know. 😊

lynneamch Just finished and enjoyed this one. Romance, mystery, and begins with suggestion of a body at the bottom of the lake, so . . . 2y
MartinaLove @lynneamch Thank you!!! 2y
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TheSpineView
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This was a powerful story. It took a candid look at love, addiction and family dynamics. I also liked the way the author treated mental health and the importance of forgiveness. It was slow at the first and I thought about abandoning it. Glad I didn't. 4⭐

TheSpineView This is another one for #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks 😍📚📚 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
MynameisSnow I adored these characters 💋 2y
TheSpineView @MynameisSnow I did too. 😍 2y
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MynameisSnow
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Mary Beth Keane is an excellent character writer. I felt like I knew every person in this book for better or worse.
Mary Beth understands ppl quite well I think. She knows about happens when ego‘s fall. She knows all about unfulfilled needs and the things we humans do with those voids. And in the end... we are all fine really, and blessed. This book could have just as easily been about my own family. I can‘t wait to read more from her. 💋