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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2019
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781982106980
Branch Call Number: Keane, M
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 18, 2019

This novel has the rhythm of a mystery with
A kind of tragic boy -loves -girl Montague/Capulet theme.
The story pivots from one woman’s psychotic break to a son
tossed between his genetic inheritance and bad luck.
Things aren’t right in Gillam and it takes decades for the characters
to find themselves and finally, others acceptance.

Aug 14, 2019

Ask Again, Yes spans decades and follows the stories of the members of 2 connected families. Told from the perspective of several different characters, the book allows you to experience the drama, love, tragedy and redemption in vivid detail. I wasn't blown away by the novel, but it is solid story telling and very decent writing.

Aug 08, 2019

Did not read

Aug 02, 2019

I might have liked this more if I had not just finished Education: A Memoir. Both books focus on mental illness and child abuse--how the parents pass on the genetics of instability or create mental illness in their children through their family dynamics. Both have a scene with an injured bird. Both tell how easily children are taught to hide the truth from outsiders. Both highlight the danger of working with metal and in construction. It's a good story, but it feels like a plagiarism of the "facts" in Education.
(Why, why, why did she name her character Stanhope. For the first 100 pages I kept expecting Vera Stanhope to appear.)

Jul 31, 2019

Book bud recommendation

JCLKariE Jul 25, 2019

The Gleesons and Stanhopes have a long history. Their children Kate Gleeson Peter Stanhope are inseparable friends throughout childhood until the fateful night their lives change forever. Equal parts family drama, coming of age tale and love story. Ask Again, Yes is the well-written, deep character study you have been waiting for this summer. Perfect for fans of Anne Tyler, Alice McDermott and Celeste Ng.

Jun 16, 2019

A powerful family saga that tackles so many difficult topics with such understanding and grace, I don't know how Mary Beth does it. We follow two families from career to marriage to children to complete breakdown. All characters share in telling the story. I enjoyed hearing everyone's perspective and that this story was told linear. This story is character driven and very realistic.


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