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The Resource Ask again, yes : a novel, Mary Beth Keane

Ask again, yes : a novel, Mary Beth Keane

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Ask again, yes : a novel
Title
Ask again, yes
Title remainder
a novel
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Mary Beth Keane
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Language
eng
Summary
Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same Bronx precinct in 1973. They aren't close friends on the job, but end up living next door to each other outside the city. What goes on 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 stunning events to come. A beautifully moving exploration of the friendship and love that blossoms between Francis's youngest daughter, Kate, and Brian's son, Peter, who are born six months apart. In the spring of Kate and Peter's eighth grade year a violent event divides the neighbors, the Stanhopes are forced to move away, and the children are forbidden to have any further contact. But Kate and Peter find a way back to each other, and their relationship is tested by the echoes from their past. Reveals how the events of childhood look different when reexamined from the distance of adulthood--villains lose their menace, and those who appeared innocent seem less so. Kate and Peter's love story is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace. -- Provided by publisher
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  • 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 (Reviewed 5/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 17, p63)
  • /* Starred Review */ Neighboring families in a New York commuter suburb are entwined, root and branch, through work, their children, and a tragedy of profound consequence. Displaying impressive reach in this third—and possibly breakout—novel, Keane (Fever, 2013, etc.) delivers an epic of domestic emotional turmoil. Its twin families are united initially through the careers of Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, who meet as unmarried rookies in the New York City police academy. Later, now with partners, they move into adjacent homes in the safe-seeming small town of Gillam, where Francis’ wife, Lena, gives birth to three daughters, Sara, Natalie, and Kate. Brian’s wife, Anne, whose temperament is increasingly mercurial, loses her first child but then has a boy, Peter. Friendship between Peter and Kate is cemented from the outset, and as teenagers, the couple’s affections intensify. But on the night Peter tells Kate he thinks they will marry one day, Anne’s mental disturbance and violence reach a climax, one that inflicts terrible, indelible damage and drives Peter and Kate apart. Narrated from multiple perspectives, in compassionate but cool tones, Keane’s story embraces family lives in all their muted, ordinary, yet seismic shades. The Gleesons offer solidity and an assumption that marriage will endure, no matter the tests. The Stanhopes, however, are seamed with inherited fault lines, and Peter will not emerge unscathed from his upbringing. Keane offers empathy and the long view, across a larger spectrum of issues than is at first apparent, pursuing her story for decades while adhering to Anne’s observation "that the beginning of one’s life mattered the most, that life was top-heavy that way." Tender and patient, the novel avoids excessive sweetness while planting itself deep in the soil of commitment and attachment. Graceful and mature. A solidly satisfying, immersive read. (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10776376
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DLC
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Keane, Mary Beth
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3611.E165
LC item number
A92 2019
Literary form
novels
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  • Life change events
  • Forgiveness
  • Children of the mentally ill
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Irish American families
  • Police
  • Neighbors
  • Nineteen seventies
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / Family Life / General
  • FICTION / Coming of Age
  • Forgiveness
  • Irish Americans
  • Life change events
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Neighbors
  • Police
  • New York (State)
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Ask again, yes : a novel, Mary Beth Keane
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
390 pages
Isbn
9781982106997
Lccn
2018037021
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1048660179
Label
Ask again, yes : a novel, Mary Beth Keane
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
390 pages
Isbn
9781982106997
Lccn
2018037021
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1048660179

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