Ask Again, Yes

Ask Again, Yes

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"A family saga about two Irish American families in a New York suburb, the love between two of their children, and the tragedies that threaten to tear them apart and destroy their futures."--
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2019.
ISBN: 9781982106980
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 27, 2021

Some of the issues in this book were too close to home for comfort. I had to keep reading to see how they dealt with it and glad I did. It wasn't a "pretty" story, but one that needed to be told. I put off reading it for several months. The title had me put off. It seemed to make no sence. Then when Peter and Kate were dining out on their anniversary and having a heart to heart about their past, he apologized for her cheap ring and the way he had proposed, she said "well then ask again, yes"

Feb 26, 2021

This book is was great! The characters are so well written and explained that their stories keep you thinking about them even after you have finished reading. The story itself was full of twists and turns and touched on many topics including mental illness, family relationships, addiction and more. It was so interesting to see the lives of the characters all intertwining and sharing their perspectives of multiple shared experiences.

Feb 05, 2021

2019; Scribner/Simon & Schuster Canada

What an emotional ride. I finally read Ask Again, Yes with my FB book club, and I am kicking myself for waiting so long. The pretty cover drew my attention and I requested the eARC from NetGalley. As per usual, I request (and get approved) way more books than I can read. In my book clubs (yes, that is meant to be plural) I try to suggest one of my NG or EW eARCS. I was excited when this one was chosen, and it was an utter delight when this book blew me away. I loved that like Game of Thrones, this was a novel where anything could happen. Just when you think the story is going one way, the writer takes you down another route.

This story starts in 1970s with two young police officers, one who immigrated from Ireland and the other born in America, starting their careers and life. During a conversation, Francis tells Brian he has moved to a new neighbourhood, and soon finds Brian his wife, Anne as neighbours. Lena, Francis's wife, is looking forward to meeting her new neighbours...but this is not a story about a family friendship. Instead, it is their children that form a friendship, and it only drives the two families further apart.

Ask Again, Yes was my first novel by Mary Beth Keane, and I am so happy to hear she has a few more published. The characters were so realistic, flawed and endearing. You find beauty in the way the characters grow, or don't grow. Keane's writing is blunt but still lyrical in a sense. Francis and Anne's Irish backgrounds also adds to the story of how the two families are similar and yet so different. This novel will take you on a journey. It is not an easy novel to read at times due to heavy issues and emotions, but is also one I could not stay away from. I would highly recommend this novel to any reader that enjoys to falling into a story entirely.

***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***

Jan 17, 2021

Intriguing. I read this quickly as I wanted to see how the story unfolded. Good character development, moves quickly along. A great book club selection because there are lots of questions to ponder - how would I respond to the same type of situation. Would I say yes, if asked again.....

What makes a book a three star, I just 'liked it', or four star, I 'really liked it', is a question that always plagues me. What I really liked about this book was it kept my interest and I looked forward to getting back to it. What I liked about this was it was easy to follow the story line and I did't have to go back and figure out what was going on to get right back into it. The thing is that there is nothing profound about the book that made me want to write quotes down, or it didn't leave me really moved. It was just a good story and I wish I had the talent to spin such a good tale. It would be a good book club book because there are such different personalities that the group could discuss. I'd read more by this author, she's a good writer. I haven't been able to figure out what the title means. Still pondering that.

ontherideau Dec 27, 2020

This is reminiscent of a Jody Picoult novel, choices and judgements we make in a lifetime that change family dynamics. The title makes sense as the chapters progress.

Dec 13, 2020

This is so well written and others have said, you just want to keep reading. A book you look forward to coming back to. Big issues and very human but not overly sentimental. There is something about this story that makes you want to sink into it and hope for the best.

ACabion Nov 12, 2020


FPL_Sunita Nov 12, 2020

Extremely well written, character driven and very realistic family drama with the universal themes of love and power of forgiveness. A must-read.

Oct 24, 2020

An intriguing storyline. I couldn’t put this down. This author does a beautiful job of addressing mental health issues and the impact it has on families. While dealing with a heavy subject like mental illness this book reads like an ordinary life, an ordinary family but the way this story is told/written makes it hard to put down. Ultimately this book is about forgiveness and the journey we all take to get there. I really enjoyed this story and the hopeful optimism that lasted the whole novel.

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