Ask Again, Yes is a stunningly powerful novel from Mary Beth Keane. It’s an emotionally gripping story of two families that are bound together by tragedy, as well as their deeply rooted belief that love can conquer all.
Through the novel’s roller coaster of highs and lows, Keane offers a unique perspective on family dynamics and the power of forgiveness.
The narrative focuses on two neighboring families in a small suburban town outside of New York City: the Gleesons and the Stanhopes. As new neighbors, their friendship starts off strong. But when tragedy strikes in the form of a psychotic episode by Officer Brian Stanhope, the relationships between these families quickly unravels.
As years pass and the townspeople struggle to forgive Brian for his actions, tensions between both families continue to build until a final reckoning brings them all together for one last confrontation.
Keane does an incredible job of crafting each character with such depth and detail that readers will feel as if they know them personally by the end of the book.
Each character has their own struggles to overcome—whether it be Francis Gleeson’s guilt from his past or Peter Stanhope’s inability to forgive—and watching them try to find their way out is both heartbreaking and inspiring at times.
Keane’s writing style brings life to this story with its vivid imagery, captivating dialogue, and tight pacing. She deftly weaves together moments of humor with periods of intense drama without ever feeling forced or contrived.
Each scene feels incredibly real and engaging throughout the book; readers will find themselves completely invested in these characters’ lives by the time they reach its conclusion.
Ask Again, Yes is an absolutely stunning work of literature from Mary Beth Keane. It’s a deeply moving story about family dynamics and redemption that will stay with readers long after they finish it.
Highly recommended for anyone looking for an emotionally gripping read!