Ask again yes a novel

by Keane, Mary Beth,

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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"--
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "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.--Poornima Apte Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "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 PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Life change events Fiction
Forgiveness Fiction
Man-woman relationships Fiction
Literature
Fiction
Electronic books.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Scribner2019
2019
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9781982107000
9781982107000
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