Ask Again, Yes (Paperback)

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When Brian Stanhope and Francis Gleeson, two New York City police officers, find themselves neighbors in suburban Westchester County, the expectation is that they’ll be friends, especially because both Francis and Brian’s wife Anne are Irish immigrants. But when Anne shuns the overtures of Francis’s wife Lena, it sets in motion a series of events that will resonate for decades, with the friendship between the Stanhope son and the youngest Gleeson daughter complicates matters further. There are so many family secrets lurking in their dual histories, but in the end, it’s addiction and mental illness that drive this powerful epic family saga.

— Daniel Goldin

June 2019 Indie Next List


Ask Again, Yes is a compelling, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful novel. Mary Beth Keane is incredibly talented; she does not sugar coat, instead giving readers a compulsively readable family drama. I did not expect to become so completely engrossed in these characters’ stories — two families whose lives become inextricably linked by young love and personal tragedy. Their myriad mistakes and attempts to atone beautifully demonstrate the power and grace found in forgiveness.”
— Anderson McKean, Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL

Product Details
ISBN: 9781982130084
ISBN-10: 1982130083
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 28th, 2019
Pages: 400
Language: English