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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel

Ask Again, Yes: A Novel

Scris de Mary Beth Keane

Povestit de Molly Pope


Ask Again, Yes: A Novel

Scris de Mary Beth Keane

Povestit de Molly Pope

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Lansat:
May 28, 2019
ISBN:
9781508286530
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Set in New York City in the 1970s, two rookie cops and their families live next door to each other until one explosive night when something shocking divides them, leaving their children to grapple with the consequences for years to come. Jimmy Fallon announced in July 2019 that “Ask Again, Yes” won fans’ votes to be “The Tonight Show”’s summer book club read.

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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 aren't 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 houses—the loneliness of Francis's wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian's 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 Francis's youngest daughter, Kate, and Brian's son, Peter, who are born six months apart. In the spring of Kate and Peter's 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 adulthood—villains lose their menace, and those who appeared innocent seem less so. Kate and Peter's love story is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace.

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Despre autor

Mary Beth Keane attended Barnard College and the University of Virginia, where she received an MFA. She has been named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35,” and was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for fiction writing. She currently lives in Pearl River, New York with her husband and their two sons. She is the author of The Walking People, Fever, and Ask Again, Yes.


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  • (4/5)
    This book is so real and so raw. Anyone who has lived, loved, and lost will understand and connect with the story of the Stanhopes and Gleasons. It slows a little in the middle but stick with it. You won’t regret it.
  • (5/5)
    Such great character development, this was heart warming, honest and wonderful.
  • (3/5)
    All the buzz around this book really made it a disappointment for me. I was expecting so much more and I just found it to be blah overall. The book moved at a very slow pace there were pockets of excitement but they didn’t last long enough and there weren’t enough of them. It was a good story but maybe this just wasn’t the type of book for me I prefer action, suspense, mystery, romance. So, maybe just maybe, it’s me and not the book.
  • (5/5)
    A beautiful written book with family history. I enjoyed it a lot.
  • (4/5)
    This book was a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Sometimes my favorite character became my most hated and vice versa. Ultimately in the end there were no bad guys-just humans
  • (5/5)
    The story was enveloping and I appreciated how each character was fully developed. It’s deep and goes full circle. Really enjoyed this one!
  • (3/5)
    It was a good book. But, slow and didn't keep me interested.
  • (4/5)
    Was pretty good but a bit longer than needed to be.
  • (5/5)
    A wonderful novel about the power of love and the audacity to forgive. We usually tend to discuss other people’s decisions and actions but we don’t know what we would do in similar situations.

    Mary Beth Keane made every reader a neighbor of Gleason and Stanhope families. We are part of their story from 1973 until the present days, at every unfortunate event, hoping that their problems will come to an end. The key was in forgiveness and how sad is that they understood this so late. We have to learn this from “Ask Again, Yes”, a contemporary classic novel.
  • (3/5)
    There are some parts of this book that were very interesting and left you waiting to hear what would happen next. There are definitely parts that left you confused and feeling as if the sentence didn't even end.
  • (4/5)
    Fairly good read. Narrated well with distictive voices and paced well.
  • (5/5)
    This book was so good I couldn’t put it down. I listened in one day. It took me up then down then back up again. It really does show you the strength of bonds and the lengths we will go to for those we love.
  • (5/5)
    Interesting read. Kept me up while listening to it. A good page turner
  • (1/5)
    I agree with the "blah" assessment. I could add completely boring as well.
  • (5/5)
    Well written storyline , enjoyable to listen on audiobook. Characters were well developed.
  • (5/5)
    The whole story was good and very thoughtful and special!
  • (5/5)
    Loved the depth of the story, the narration was amazing!
  • (4/5)
    Good and Interesting listen/read. Some predictability but still kept me engaged
  • (5/5)
    A long and emotionally fraught family saga. A real slow burner but well worth it for me in the end. I'm sure this is a book I'll be thinking of often long after finishing it.
  • (1/5)
    This is not based on the book but rather the audio quality. It kept shutting off for entire minutes at a time yet was still playing so I missed parts of the story- by the 3rd or 4th time I could no longer look past the glitch. This is the first time I’ve had this issue with scribd. I hope it isn’t a new norm.
  • (4/5)
    A multi generational life story of hope, loss, love, forgiveness, disappointment, new beginnings & the beauty of second chances.
  • (3/5)
    Nice story! But I didn’t like the reader to be honest. There were times her reading sounded a little too mechanic. And the voices she created for some characters sounded more like a mood than a tone of voice.

    But over all the story is pretty comfortable, even with the things that happened
  • (4/5)
    Kate and Peter grew up next door to each other, always having known each other. By the time they're finishing middle school, that friendship of proximity has become a real bond. Despite both having fathers who were police officers and both having a parent who emigrated from Ireland, their upbringings were very different. Kate had a large, rowdy, loving family, of which she is the youngest of three daughters. Pete is the only child of an alcoholic and he spends his childhood simultaneously caring for and protecting himself from his mentally ill mother. Events one night send Kate's father to the hospital and break apart Peter's family for good. But despite the distance between them and the disapproval of their families, Kate and Peter decide to marry and start a family together. This novel is about families and how it's impossible to shed oneself of their influence. It's about how mental illness and alcoholism can be inherited, how hope and love are not always enough and especially about forgiveness and about how facing the past, or not doing so, affects the future. This book reminded me of novels by both Ann Patchett and Anne Tyler. This is a straightforward story, but Keane allows for nuance and is experienced enough an author to allow insights and complexities to be revealed in a single, seemingly unimportant sentence, and she trusts the reader enough to not repeat herself. There are no easy happy ends here, but there are grace notes and moments where hope is allowed to flourish.
  • (4/5)
    This novel focused on the love story of childhood sweethearts and was a very touching read.
  • (4/5)
    This was a good book but I felt like it was always missing something. I still can't point to what that is specifically, but it just feels unfinished. The plot line was good and I enjoyed seeing into the thoughts of each character throughout the book. Overall, a good read.
  • (4/5)
    This is my first novel by Mary Beth Keane and it's about relationships between two families throughout several decades. It truly is a domestic drama about Irish immigrants and their struggles. Ms. Keane does a great job with her characters who are decent people, fully human with flaws. These characters have stayed with me because I felt like I could have known any of them, especially the police officers since my husband is a retired police officer.Issues such as mental illness and alcoholism were discussed throughout this moving and emotional novel. After a tragedy divides neighbors, the characters try to go on with their lives as best they can. We learn how there are always second chances and forgiveness. I found myself constantly routing for things to work out for all of them.My only complaint is that the pace seemed to be slow during the last one-third of this novel.
  • (5/5)
    Deeply affecting exploration of the lifelong friendship and love of Peter and Kate. Recommended.
  • (4/5)
    This was a very moving story that kept me listening without ever wanting to take a break.
  • (5/5)
    I loved, most of all the structure of the novel. That was, for me, the beauty of the story. It is the story of a family /families and how people can hurt each other, hurt themselves and in the end, if we accept and come clear about it, it will be fine. Everybody is fine!
  • (4/5)
    Good book, enjoyed the twists that were not expected. Worth the time!