Ask again, yes : a novel / Mary Beth Keane.

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      First Scribner hardcover edition.
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      Summary: "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.
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    • ABNT:
      KEANE, M. B. Ask again, yes : a novel. [s. l.]: Scribner, 2019. ISBN 9781982106980. Disponível em: Acesso em: 8 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Keane MB. Ask Again, Yes : A Novel. Scribner; 2019. Accessed December 8, 2019.
    • APA:
      Keane, M. B. (2019). Ask again, yes : a novel. Scribner. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Keane, Mary Beth. 2019. Ask Again, Yes : A Novel. Scribner.
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      Keane, M. B. (2019) Ask again, yes : a novel. Scribner. Available at: (Accessed: 8 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Keane, MB 2019, Ask again, yes : a novel, Scribner, viewed 8 December 2019, .
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      Keane, Mary Beth. Ask Again, Yes : A Novel. Scribner, 2019. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Keane, Mary Beth. Ask Again, Yes : A Novel. Scribner, 2019.
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      Keane MB. Ask again, yes : a novel [Internet]. Scribner; 2019 [cited 2019 Dec 8]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1

You could call Peter Stanhope naive. Or you could call him optimistic. After all, as he tries to escape his traumatic childhood punctuated by his mom's mental illness and a violent incident during his teenage years, he reasons that his family's history might not matter in the long run. But of course, it does. The long shadow cast by his loneliness, the struggle to put a name to his mother's suffering—these exact a toll not just on Peter but on his close childhood friend and neighbor, Kate. As their love blossoms, the couple realizes that a parent's imprint might be more lasting than either could ever have imagined. "Marriage is long. All the seams get tested," cautions Kate's dad. Keane (Fever, 2013) reveals the full and remarkable veracity tucked into that simple statement. Even if it occasionally seems like Keane's male characters seek refuge for their troubles in predictable ways, this is a haunting look at what happens when mental illness goes undefined. The slow-burning and nameless terror it creates swallows everyone in its path. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 January #1

Assigned to the same precinct in 1973, NYPD rookies Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are next-door neighbors outside the city if not particularly close. Brian's son and Francis's youngest daughter start crushing on each other as tweens, but then a violent event divides the families. From a Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 author; with a 100,000-copy first printing.

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 April #3

In her thoughtful, compassionate latest, Keane (Fever) traces two families' shared history over the course of four decades. When Brian Stanhope and Francis Gleeson meet in 1973, they forge the kind of quick, close-knit friendship that can arise from shared trials—in their case, the pressures of being rookie cops in a tough Bronx precinct. When both young men marry and plan to have children, they purchase neighboring homes in the fictional suburb of Gillam, hoping the 20-mile commute to the city will provide a sufficient buffer between the grind of police work and the pleasures of family life. All is not well in suburbia, however—although Francis's youngest daughter, Kate, and Brian's only son, Peter, become fast friends, tensions between the two families eventually flare into violence fueled by alcoholism and untreated mental illness. Years later, Kate and Peter grasp a chance for a hesitant new beginning, despite their fears about recapitulating the past. The two families' stories offer a visceral portrait of evolving attitudes toward mental health and addiction over the past 40 years. More generally, Keane's novel, which unfolds through overlapping narratives, illustrates the mutability of memory and the softening effects of time. "We repeat what we don't repair," Keane writes, and Kate and Peter's story poignantly demonstrates how grace can emerge from forgiveness, no matter how hard-won. (June)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.