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Ask again, yes : a novel

Author: Mary Beth Keane
Publisher: New York : Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Scribner hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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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"--
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Bildungsromans
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Keane, Mary Beth.
Ask again yes.
New York : Scribner, 2019
(DLC) 2018039019
(OCoLC)1048659413
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Beth Keane
ISBN: 9781982106980 1982106980 9781982106997 1982106999
OCLC Number: 1048660179
Description: 390 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Mary Beth Keane.

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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"--

Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same Bronx precinct in 1973. They aren't close friends on the job, but end up living next door to each other outside the city. What goes on 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 stunning events to come. Ask Again, Yes by award-winning author Mary Beth Keane, is a beautifully moving exploration of the friendship and love that blossoms between Francis's youngest daughter, Kate, and Brian's son, Peter, who are born six months apart. In the spring of Kate and Peter's eighth grade year a violent event divides the neighbors, the Stanhopes are forced to move away, and the children are forbidden to have any further contact. But Kate and Peter find a way back to each other, and their relationship is tested by the echoes from their past. Ask Again, Yes reveals how the events of childhood look different when reexamined from the distance of adulthood--villains lose their menace, and those who appeared innocent seem less so. Kate and Peter's love story is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace. -- Provided by publisher.

Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, rookie cops in the NYPD, live next door to each other outside the city. Their children, Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope, are born six months apart. As their bond is tested again and again over the next 40 years-- and as Kate and Peter fall in love-- their lives are haunted by echoes from the past. How much can a family forgive? -- adapted from jacket.

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