Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

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book cover Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Ask Again, Yes
by Mary Beth Keane

Genre: Literary Fiction
Length: 400 pages
Audiobook Length: 12 hours and 42 minutes
First Published: 2019

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Publisher’s Description

How much can a family forgive?

Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, rookie cops in the NYPD, live next door to each other outside the city. What happens 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 explosive events to come.

Ask Again, Yes is a deeply affecting exploration of the lifelong friendship and love that blossoms between Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope, born six months apart. One shocking night their loyalties are divided, and their bond will be tested again and again over the next 40 years. Luminous, heartbreaking, and redemptive, Ask Again, Yes reveals the way childhood memories change when viewed from the distance of adulthood—villains lose their menace and those who appeared innocent seem less so. Kate and Peter’s love story, while haunted by echoes from the past, is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace.


Quotes from Ask Again, Yes

“The thing is, Peter, grown-ups don’t know what they’re doing any better than kids do. That’s the truth.”

“There was no real way for a person to try something out, see if he liked it…because you try it and try it and try it a little longer and next thing it’s who you are.”

“The thought landed lightly and easily, and as soon as Peter noted it there, everything that hadn’t quite made sense made sense again.”


About Mary Beth Keane

Mary Beth Keane is the author of three novels: The Walking People, Fever and Ask Again, Yes. She currently lives in Pearl River, New York with her husband and two children. Visit the author’s website →


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