Review: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane


Title: Ask Again, Yes

Author: Mary Beth Keane

Published: May 28th 2019, Scribner

Status: Read May – courtesy Scribner/Edelweiss


My Thoughts:

For a brief period during the summer of 1973, Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope were rookie partners on the force, several years later they are neighbours in the suburbs, married and raising young children. While the adults, Frankie and Lena, Brian and Anne, are never more than acquaintances, and barely that, their youngest children, Peter and Kate are the best of friends, until tragedy tears them apart.

Despite the enforced separation, Peter and Kate eventually find their way back to one another, determined to build a future together. Yet no one truly escapes their past.

Ask Again, Yes is a thoughtful and powerful exploration of family, marriage and relationships. A story of mental illness, addiction, loyalty, dysfunction, redemption and hope, told with nuance and realism. Keane examines the consequences of inaction, action and reaction, of decisions small and large, and the way in which they reverberate into the future.

The characters are complex and dynamic. The Stanhope’s grappling with dysfunction, matters of conscience, and regrets, the Gleeson’s with loss, forgiveness and acceptance. Peter, abandoned and aimless, and Kate never quite feeling whole, until they are reunited, both of them certain that together they have the strength to overcome all obstacles. A resolve that is tested as the past exerts it’s influence on the present.

A sensitive, poignant, and pensive novel, Ask Again, Yes inspires introspection, compassion and hope.

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Available from Simon & Schuster US

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Also by May Beth Keane reviewed at Book’d Out

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn
    May 28, 2019 @ 10:36:46

    Interesting, this is one I hope to read at some point this year and your review strengthens my intention.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Jinjer
    May 28, 2019 @ 11:06:36

    That sounds really good, actually.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. fictionalreviewer
    May 29, 2019 @ 00:26:45

    I am very interested in this book. Thanks for sharing your great review.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    May 29, 2019 @ 07:50:24

    I’ve seen this one mentioned in a couple BookTube videos and have been curious about it. I might check my library for it. Glad you shared your thoughts!



  5. Lisa
    May 29, 2019 @ 12:16:38

    This sounds fascinating!

    Liked by 1 person


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