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Ask Again, Yes

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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER **The Tonight Show Summer Reads Pick** "One of the most unpretentiously profound books I've read in a long time...modestly magnificent." --Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air "A beautiful novel, bursting at the seams with empathy." --Elle How much can a family forgive? A profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the friendship between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, the daily intimacies of marriage, and the power of forgiveness. Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, rookie cops in the NYPD, live next door to each other outside the city. What happens 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 explosive events to come. Ask Again, Yes is a deeply affecting exploration of the lifelong friendship and love that blossoms between Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope, born six months apart. One shocking night their loyalties are divided, and their bond will be tested again and again over the next 40 years. Luminous, heartbreaking, and redemptive, 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. Kate and Peter's love story, while haunted by echoes from the past, is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 152 x 231 x 33mm | 567g
  • English
  • 1982106980
  • 9781982106980
  • 16,204

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"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 you've 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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6,308 ratings
4.14 out of 5 stars
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4 46% (2,928)
3 14% (907)
2 2% (144)
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