A gripping and compassionate drama of two families linked by chance, love and tragedy
Gillam, upstate New York: a town of ordinary, big-lawned suburban houses. The Gleesons have recently moved there and soon welcome the Stanhopes as their new neighbours.
Lonely Lena Gleeson wants a friend but Anne Stanhope – cold, elegant, unstable – wants to be left alone.
It’s left to their children – Lena’s youngest, Kate, and Anne’s only child, Peter – to find their way to one another. To form a friendship whose resilience and love will be almost broken by the fault line dividing both families, and by the terrible tragedy that will engulf them all.
A tragedy whose true origins only become clear many years later . . .
A story of love and redemption, faith and forgiveness, 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.
A story of how, if we’re lucky, the violence lurking beneath everyday life can be vanquished by the power of love.
If you enjoy Celeste Ng, Elizabeth Strout and Ann Patchett you will love this stunning novel.
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Ask Again, Yes is a powerful, emotional and thought provoking read which is beautifully written. I have been a fan of this author’s previous books and while I felt this was different from her previous book it was still a very interesting read.
The story follows two families who have been friends for a long time, through the years both before and after a tragic accident that has a huge effect on their lives. The reader is drawn straight into the story and the characters lives, following every drama as it unfolds. The fly on the wall view allows the reader to become fully emerged into the family which is very interesting. I enjoyed learning more about the characters and the cracks in their relationships.
The characters are very well drawn and I enjoyed reading about how they changed throughout the years. There were definitely some characters that I loved to hate, especially Lena whose attitude towards her daughter’s relationship was almost spiteful at times. I did wonder why someone didn’t call her up on some of the things she says as I think I would have done .
There are some thought provoking themes running through this book which I’d love to discuss with someone. The idea of forgive and forget was especially interesting to me and had me wondering about how possible it would actually be. I found it quite intriguing to see how the characters deal with it.
I didn’t find this book as gripping as other reviewers but I’m putting that down to tiredness due to kids illnesses, rather than anything to do with the story. It was a compelling read for me though as I found I did want to read more of the story and discover what would happen.
Huge thanks to Sriya from Michael St Joseph’s for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
SMary Beth Keane attended Barnard College and the University of Virginia, where she received an MFA. In 2011, she was named one of the National Book Foundation’s ‘5 Under 35,’ and in 2015 she was awarded a John S. 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.