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Ask Again, Yes
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
A profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the friendship between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, and the power of forgiveness. Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same Bronx precinct in 1973. They arent 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 housesthe loneliness of Franciss wife, Lena, and the instability of Brians wife, Anne, sets the stage for the stunning events to come. Ask Again, Yes by award-winning author Mary Beth Keane, is a beautifully moving exploration of the friendship and love that blossoms between Franciss youngest daughter, Kate, and Brians son, Peter, who are born six months apart. In the spring of Kate and Peters 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. Ask Again, Yes reveals how the events of childhood look different when reexamined from the distance of adulthoodvillains lose their menace, and those who appeared innocent seem less so. Kate and Peters love story is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace. I devoured this astonishing tale of two families linked by chance, love, and tragedy. Mary Beth Keane gives us characters so complex and alive that I find myself still thinking of them days after turning the final page. A must-read. J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Saints for All Occasions Mary Beth Keane is at the height of her powers in this novel about the sacrifices we make when we choose to build a life with someone. In Ask Again, Yes Keane tells a story about the fragility of happiness, the violence lurking beneath everyday life, and, ultimately, the power of love. If youve ever loved someone beyond reason, you will love this wise, tender, and beautiful book. Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints
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Kdgordon88
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#LitsyResolutions. I have my #LitsyAtoZ2020 books moved to their own small books shelf. I am hoping @BookishMarginalia will be hosting again. I will carry on with reading one classic and one non fiction choice each month. I hope to participate in more buddyreads not just read the book 🙂

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Booknerd2
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Pickpick

💜💜💜 this book!!! One of my favorite for the year!!!

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Soubhiville
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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My husband asked if I wanted to go to the bookstore. Well, yeah! So I got a few things to help fill the library shelves 😍📚

Julsmarshall Ooh! Great choices! 1w
Hooked_on_books As if that‘s even a question! Can‘t wait to see those full shelves. 1w
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Jilly6183
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Pickpick

I really enjoy family sagas and this was no exception. I read Fever earlier this year and I am definitely a fan of Keane‘s writing. She creates complex characters who are flawed in the most realistic, human way.

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Amoon
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My photos of pages from the book have SPOILERS. What a great book, spanning 40 years of two families who live next door and both husbands are police officers originally from Ireland. I just read an interview with the author and she said that basically adults are the same people they were as children. We get to know Kate and Peter as young children and adults. Serious mental illness and child neglect shape a characters present and future life.

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Coleen
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Not only did the beautiful cover suck me in, but the story did too. Loved the writing, as well as the multi-faceted aspects of this story. Bittersweet, but enjoyable.

Megabooks Totally agree! 3w
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EH2018
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Thank you so much @BookNAround ! I really want to read this one!! Love the card and of course the candy! @rather_be_reading

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MonikaSadowski
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Pickpick

Great book with great story. I didn‘t want to end :( #askagainyes #marybethkeane #botm

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SamAnne
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Mehso-so

I‘m torn between a pick and so-so. The characters are well-fleshed out and great writing. I can enjoy slow-paced character driven novels but this one felt a little too slow for me. Perhaps more my mood. I just hope it has not out me out the mood for other family drama stories: Ann Patchett‘s new novel Dutch House or An American Marriage which I‘m supposed to read for a book club in a month!

Christine I liked but didn‘t love this one, but I loved the other two you mentioned! Hope the same is true for you. 🙂 1mo
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Nevertoobusyforbooks
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Taking advantage of this chilly fall day by staying inside and reading this beauty of a book. Loving it so far!

Ericalambbrown Welcome to Litsy! 📚😊💕 @LitsyWelcomeWagon #litsywelcomewagon (edited) 4w
DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 🥳 4w
Smrloomis Welcome! 1w
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 1w
Nevertoobusyforbooks @Nute Thank you! I already love it here! Everyone has been so welcoming 😊 1w
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SamAnne
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Two many books already started but have to add another one!

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Well-ReadNeck
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Panpan

Ugh. I listened to this on audiobook for book club. I have twice tried to read this and bailed previously. I wouldn‘t have made it without a book club. Just sooooooo slow.

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LiteraryinLititz
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Hmmm. Well, I read this book in 24 hours, so I clearly wanted to find out what happened. I did like the storytelling for the most part. Somehow it just didn‘t resonate with me the way I think it has with other readers, though. I won‘t be recommending it to everyone like I often do when I finish a book. It didn‘t really touch my emotions even though many parts were about emotional topics. I don‘t know. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Between a pick and so-so for me.

SamAnne My thoughts as well. 1mo
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TrishB
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Pickpick

Very torn between a pick and a so-so. Gone for a pick because I read in one afternoon and really wanted to know what happened. My biggest gripe is that sometimes I thought it was written in the 1950s!! More below.

TrishB The treatment of mental health issues just didn‘t sit right for the time period!! That‘s why I kept having to check the timings. It felt old and not addressed at all - very obvious issues and not dealt with at all. 1mo
TrishB Thanks Cathy- definitely an interesting read. @Cathythoughts 1mo
Cathythoughts Your welcome Trish 👍🏻♥️. worth the read , but just fell a bit flat for me. But I did want to finish it too 1mo
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LiteraryinLititz @TrishB I agree with your take. I read it quickly but won‘t necessarily recommend it to people. 1mo
SamAnne Feeling exactly the same way. Hope it hasn‘t temporarily burned me out on family stories since I‘m about to read Ann Patchett‘s new book Dutch House and need to read An American Marriage for a November book club. 1mo
TrishB @SamAnne not read Dutch House yet but I did enjoy An American Marriage. 1mo
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kspenmoll
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Mehso-so

Sorry to say I cannot pinpoint exactly why this book did not do much for me- it got great reviews & is well loved. I read this for book club that meets next week. I am interested in what others in my book club think. I felt more like an observer; not engaged with the characters. The ending seemed far fetched to me. ☹️ so it‘s a So-So.

Cathythoughts It was a ‘so-so” for me too 🤷🏻‍♀️. I did finish it but it didn‘t really get to me 1mo
TheLudicReader I agree with your assessment. As far as sprawling family dramas go, I thought Commonwealth was way better. 1mo
kspenmoll @TheLudicReader Thank you, now that you mention Commonwealth, there is no comparison! 1mo
kspenmoll @Cathythoughts It was a pick for my October book club. Might not have read it otherwise!!! 1mo
SamAnne Agreed! 1mo
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Samreamer
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Heart wrenching and hopeful, disappointing and happy. This book was tough to get through, but honestly I think that‘s because it was just so real and raw— in a captivating way. Not a day on the beach read; but if you like to fully understand the characters and actually get the good and the bad, read this one.

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kspenmoll
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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#bookclub #Octoberpick #botm
Starting this for my bookclub‘s October meeting.

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TrishB
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Thank you Cathy 😘 finally had chance to collect from the PO. Look forward to seeing what I think of this one!

Cathythoughts Oh great. 👍🏻you‘re welcome! look forward to your thoughts 2mo
TheLudicReader I am looking forward to your thought, too. 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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I loved it. I have found that I really enjoy a good drama, even better with multiple generations. There is so much depth here and I think it would make an excellent book club book. I can't say much without some spoilers but this book does an excellent job of exploring the effects of trauma over several generations. Is history destined to repeat itself? Are we doomed by our genes or is there a way to overcome? #recommended 🌟

kspenmoll Great review. This is my October‘s book club pick! 2mo
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JennyM
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After getting a lot of mixed reviews of late, I was a bit hesitant going in. However, after getting through the first very slow chapters, I found myself firmly in the ‘I-love-this-book‘ camp. Centering on two families over a few decades, we are taken through the suffering of life - trauma, loss, addiction, mental illness and more. But I saw the hope, and the power of compassion and forgiveness. This one will linger in my thoughts for a while.

Cathythoughts Oh very good ! I‘m so glad you liked it. I know I just felt a bit “ meh” ( I believe this is a word I‘ve seen around Litsy 🙂) anyway , so I felt a bit “meh” when I finished it 🤷🏻‍♀️..... I trust that” after book feeling. “ But, there is loads of love for this one. That‘s great you liked it 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts I nearly bailed after the first few chapters though - so slow and boring. But then it took off for me and I was totally in. I can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on this one next...I‘m desperate for my copy to come in the library (edited) 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I look forward to reading this! 2mo
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TrishB Looking forward to giving it a go! 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh I‘m loving Fleishman 👍🏻. It‘s so good , I‘m about over half way now .... so engaging. I listened to the author talking about the book on a YouTube interview & really liked her too. 2mo
Tanisha_A Nice review, bub! Looking forward to it. 2mo
JennyM @Tanisha_A thanks my lovely. Has your package arrived yet? I think it should be there any day now according to tracking. Xxx (edited) 2mo
Tanisha_A @JennyM Helloooo! I just got an email from office that they have received the package. I am traveling right now for work, but will be back to Hyderabad early next week, will collect it then. Yayyyyy! 🥰❤️ 2mo
JennyM @Tanisha_A safe travels!!! Glad it‘s arrived. Book mail is always fun to come home to x 2mo
Tanisha_A @JennyM Yesss, thank you! 🎈🥳 2mo
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EadieB
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A novel about 2 neighboring families, friendship between their children, tragedy that reverberates over 4 decades, and the power of forgiveness. "We repeat what we do not repair." How can we escape the damage done to us in the past? Does the power of love and redemption make us worthy of forgiveness? This is a coming of age book which has addiction and mental health issues. Characters are well-drawn, the plot has depth with a nice pace. Recommend

Crazeedi I have this one borrowed, but I dont know if I'm going to get it read before I have to return! 2mo
EadieB @Crazeedi I did the audio. 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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I started this family drama a few days ago but keep forgetting to post about it. I am enjoying the #audiobook so far, but I do agree that it is pretty much a downer. I'm hoping some positive events turn the characters' lives around!
As seen here with my breakfast--featuring pumpkin spice Cheerios 🎃
#bookandbreakfast #readandeat

SheilaChew Love your Litsy mug! 2mo
Bakingbookworm Ooooo, I love the Litsy mug!! 2mo
Jerdencon My sons favorite cereal! Lol 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @SheilaChew @Bakingbookworm Isn't it cool!? thank you! 😊 (edited) 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Jerdencon my boys like it too 🥣 2mo
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Cathythoughts
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Maybe it‘s all the hype & I expected something else. ... I definitely felt a great sense of place & time : I could really picture it , I liked the idea of it - I read it & didn‘t consider bailing .. but, I never got drawn right into it. Stayed on the surface for me. #unpopularopinion

BookNAround Yup. I agree. 2mo
JamieArc I agree too. 2mo
Cathythoughts @BookNAround @JamieArc thanks for your comments , glad I‘m not the only one 👍🏻 2mo
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JennyM Hummm...I‘m about to start this and since a few recent reviews, I‘m now not too sure 2mo
Cathythoughts @JennyM it‘s very readable! I think I just wanted more from it ... there‘s been a lot of hype too. Look forward to your thoughts 👍🏻 2mo
TrishB Hype definitely doesn‘t help some books does it! 2mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB it doesn‘t! & yet some it does 🤔. Maybe it‘s down to the book in the end. I had been waiting for this to come our way for months ... really looking forward to it ( I think I got carried away a bit) .... I see it‘s on your TBR ( was just having a look - no particular reason 🙃🎂) I‘ll put it in the post for you tomorrow if that‘s ok 👍🏻 2mo
TrishB Oh thank you! I was waiting for an offer 😁 so that‘s brilliant 😘 2mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB perfect! Well you just got an offer 😂It will be on its way tomorrow 2mo
TrishB Best offer I‘ve had today 😂😂 2mo
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Jeannineth
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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National suicide prevention month. Let‘s watch out for each other! 😢

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Jeannineth
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Starting this BOTM book today. Anyone read and enjoyed it?

Megabooks Just finished it and loved it! 2mo
marleed It‘s a great discussion book! 2mo
BookwormM Love your birdie 2mo
Jeannineth @BookwormM thanks. I like her too. 2mo
Jeannineth I am about 80 pages in and am enjoying it so far!!! 2mo
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Megabooks
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Really enjoyed this tale of love, forgiveness, and healing. It is the story of the winding paths two families take over 40 years. I particularly appreciated the subtle perspective shifts throughout the book and how it shaped the narrative‘s pacing.

The stories of Francis and Lena‘s and Peter and Kate‘s marriages show the patience and adaptation a long relationship/marriage needs. 4.5⭐️

Mitch I loved this! 2mo
Megabooks @Mitch me too!! 2mo
bookladyreads One day I'll get to read this. I'm no. 77 in the hold queue at my library. 😂 2mo
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Megabooks @bookladyreads Yikes!! I splurged and got it at the BN half off sale. I‘ve been splurging a lot lately. 🤭 2mo
bookladyreads @Megabooks I'm trying to soooooo hard to only buy books I loved reading from the library and know I will reread in the future. Because my goal is really not to have a second library in my house. I don't want to collect books for the sake of collecting them. However, I discovered 2nd & Charles last month and I did do a couple of book hauls there. BUT the prices are so cheap I don't feel too bad about it. 2mo
Megabooks @bookladyreads We just got a 2nd and Charles. I need to check it out! I try to get mostly from Dollar Tree and Ollie‘s, but August and September have been expensive months! 2mo
bookladyreads @Megabooks I don't buy any books out of there at full retail price. I only go there to stalk the discount racks. So I'm pretty proud of myself for sticking to that one rule. 2mo
bookladyreads @Megabooks Wait. Hang on. Crazy question coming...... The Dollar Tree has books?!?!?!?!?!?! 2mo
Megabooks @bookladyreads Yes, and they‘re a dollar!! And new!! Check out @britt_brooke ‘s giveaway! They get some really quality stuff from time to time! I‘ve found some great surprise finds there too. And if I don‘t like them, I don‘t feel guilty passing them on to an LFL. I don‘t feel I have to finish/hang on because I paid so much. 2mo
bookladyreads @Megabooks Well, I'm sure glad you told me because I had no idea they sold books. I'm not even going to tell you I drove by the 2nd & Charles by my house for 3 years and JUST decided to stop by last month. I could not believe all the discounted books they had. I almost slapped myself for not paying attention to it earlier. But I know now!!!!!!! 2mo
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Becker
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Very engaging family drama. Perhaps a bit longer than necessary but I still recommend it if you like these types of stories. 👍

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GidgetsTreasures75
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9-14-19: My 74th finished book of 2019! #askagainyes #marybethkeane 👍🏼📖#️⃣7️⃣4️⃣

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bodacioustchr
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Recommend. A story of 2 families and how fate intertwines Kate & Peter. A love story that proves soul mates are forever.

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Meghan1
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane

Week 5: 30/120 minutes of exercise; 8/10 books

Week 6: 120/120 minutes of exercise; 8/10 books

Considering my goal was originally 7 books and I hit my exercise goals most weeks, I feel pretty good!

#BFCRound3 @wanderinglynn @TK421 @Laughterhp @Sresendez12 @LapReader @hes7 @Scochrane26 @krayoncolorz @Catlover23

Laughterhp Great job! 2mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Awesome job! 2mo
Sresendez12 You‘re awesome! Good job! 2mo
TK421 Fantastic! Great job!😊 2mo
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Megabooks
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My beautiful sleeves, including the custom-size smaller fruit one, from StoryTimeSleeve on Etsy! Jena was great to work with on the custom sleeve, and it perfectly fits my YA and other smaller hardbacks as well as paperbacks! (Her regular sleeves take hardcovers up to 350 pages and large paperbacks!)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/StoryTimeSleeve/

Tamra Very cute! 2mo
Ruthiella So pretty! 😍 2mo
Megabooks @Tamra Thanks!! 2mo
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Megabooks @Ruthiella Thank you! 😊 2mo
jillannjohn Love these! 2mo
Tanisha_A Very cute! 2mo
Megabooks @jillannjohn Thanks! 😁 2mo
Megabooks @Tanisha_A Thank you! 😊 2mo
britt_brooke Super cute! 2mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke 😁😁😁 2mo
Dawnrod1970 So cute 2mo
Reviewsbylola Pretty! I especially love the fruit one! 2mo
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LauraBeth
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⭐️⭐️💫 #UnpopularOpinion: This was one of the most depressing books ever and I‘m so relieved to be done with it. I felt like I was on a journey with two families and only got the worst events of their lives. I‘m okay with sadness and all of that but dang...give me a little light to go along with it. I get the whole forgiveness and redemption angle but tbh, this just didn‘t work for me.

BookNAround I didn‘t love it either. 2mo
LeahBergen I wanna kiss that BFG on the lips. 2mo
LiteraryinLititz Good to hear! I‘d mostly heard great things so it‘s nice to also know some of the negatives. Also, that picture is ADORABLE. 2mo
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Jensol77 I loved it. It was sad but real. 2mo
JamieArc I felt the same way as you. Glad I‘m not the only one. 2mo
Melissa_J OMG what a cute picture! I have this book on my TBR pile and I‘m always afraid of reading books everyone seems to love. I‘ll temper my expectations going in now. 2mo
Ruthiella Love the picture!❤️🐱❤️🐱 2mo
BarbaraBB Oh man, I just bought this one. Forgiveness and redemption? Meh... 2mo
CarolynM I'm with you, I can't stand books that are unrelieved misery, I don't even like unrelieved seriousness. I do love the cat picture, though😻 2mo
Megabooks I‘m reading this now! I‘m loving it, but I can definitely tell it‘s not upbeat. 2mo
LauraBeth @BookNAround I‘m so glad to see it wasn‘t just me! 2mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 😹well since he‘s basically a Ragdoll in Tabby form, he would most definitely let you do that! 😻 2mo
LauraBeth @LiteraryinLititz I do think it‘s a good book and I can see why it‘s appealing to a lot of readers, it just wasn‘t the right book for me at the right time. The BFG cat says thank you 😻 2mo
LauraBeth @Jensol77 it was very real! Maybe too real bc my parents could have been stand-ins for Peter‘s parents. Maybe bc it did resonate so much realness to me and bc I could identify with the characters, I wanted to also see the joyous parts to help temper the sadness. 2mo
LauraBeth @JamieArc I‘m glad to see I wasn‘t alone in my thoughts on this one! 2mo
LauraBeth @Melissa_J thanks 😻 I think the comparisons of this author with Celeste Ng are spot on and if you enjoyed Ng‘s books, you‘ll definitely enjoy this one! It‘s definitely character-driven. 2mo
LauraBeth Thanks @Ruthiella 😽 2mo
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB I felt like she was trying to write the great Catholic novel. So yeah - meh. 2mo
LauraBeth Thanks @CarolynM 😻 I never realized about myself that I didn‘t like unrelieved misery until I read this. So now I know! 2mo
LauraBeth @megabooks I hope you like it! It definitely wasn‘t an upbeat read for me! But before this, I had read On Earth We‘re Completely Gorgeous and that definitely wasn‘t upbeat either. But I LOVED that book! Maybe bc I could see joy in his writing? I think Keane is a great writer but a very straightforward one. 2mo
Megabooks @LauraBeth Honestly, I didn‘t want to put it down to do my morning chores. I finally did at 5 and I‘m sitting down again with it now!! I want to read Ocean‘s book as well. 2mo
kspenmoll This is my bookclub read this month. Thanks for your honest opinion. Last month‘s pick I really did not enjoy- similar unpopular opinion for Elizabeth‘s Gilbert‘s 2mo
LauraBeth @kspenmoll I do think this is a really good book for book clubs to discuss! 2mo
Dragon 😻 2mo
valeriegeary That cat face though.... 😆 2mo
LauraBeth @valeriegeary well he‘s no Charlie Waffles but he‘s cute enough ☺️ 2mo
AlaMich We haven‘t seen much of Grey Cat for awhile...🙀 2mo
LauraBeth @alamich 😹 she‘s sitting right next to me now - she hasn‘t gone anywhere! 2mo
Suet624 You have the best posts! 2mo
Djspens Trying to get through this book...... 2mo
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kspenmoll
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#bookclub #Octoberpick#TBR

My bookclub choose this book for our October meeting. 🙌🏻🙌🏻 in my TBR stack!

emz711 Nice matching! 2mo
Cathythoughts Perfect match 💙📚 2mo
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Jenken1998
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I loved it. A great book showing the multigenerational effects of trauma on families. It was sad, dark, dreary at times but in the end hope shines through. As someone who works in mental health i found that this story was pretty spot on. I would imagine trigger warnings if you have a traumatic past. It could open some old wounds or it could be a beacon of hope.

BittersweetBooks One of my favorites of the year...so far! 2mo
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Bren912
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This definitely was a quick read. How much does “stuff” that happens in our early lives affect us in aspects of our future? Are we held responsible for our parents actions and if no, how much do we carry with us going. Forward? Read it. Decide if you would forgive. Is the greatest gift being the forgiven or the forgiver?

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BriannaT
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I feel like I‘m the only one that really didn‘t love this book. I think it has its moments and I like how it addresses topics like mental health and disabilities, but it wasn‘t a page turner. I feel like major events in the lives of the characters were brushed over, and sometimes I felt like the emotions of the characters were muted. I expected them to scream as they had trauma/problems because I wanted to, but so many battles were tiptoed across.

Jex Agreed. I enjoyed reading it (I guess?) but never really got into it or cared about the characters 🤔 2mo
BriannaT @Jex Oh thank goodness I‘m not the only one! 2mo
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One_With_Books
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I was so disappointed because I couldn‘t just keep reading this book! Work kept getting in the way and just constantly busy. All I wanted to do was finish this wonderful book!
They way I touched base with mental illness, how sometimes people can‘t see it at first. Alcoholism, family issues. Disabilities. Everything tied into such a beautiful story.
I highly recommend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mrsgarrisonreads
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I will say this one is slow to start but quickly picks up and you left wanting more each chapter. This shows how flawed and complicated are relationships with each other are. TW-Shooting, Slurs like faggot and cunt, Mental illness, Abuse, Child abuse, Molestation, Alcoholism and Still Birth. Overall this is an amazing book that I didn‘t go into expecting to love as much as I did. Ask again, yes is so heartfelt and emotional.

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LauraBeth
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So I‘m on page 120 of this book and have to ask - where is all of this hope that people keep talking about? Is it coming? Because this has been one dark and sad ride so far. Where is the light?

merelybookish Adorable kitty face! 2mo
QuietlyLaura Kitty! 😻❤️ 2mo
rachelsbrittain What a sweet baby 😍 2mo
Smrloomis Cute! And I hope someone answers your question because the blurb sounds 😱 2mo
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TheLudicReader
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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It‘s been an age, Littens. I went back to my classroom on the 26th, and I haven‘t been reading at all. Life, she has been busy. I had to move my daughter from one apt to another over the long weekend. (And that was an adventure, let me tell you. They upgraded (not) my 15‘ Uhaul to a 26‘ Uhaul. 😬) Crazy hurricane weekend here in the Maritimes. And I am frantically reading the tagged book which must be finished for Thursday. 😲

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Jnnlb
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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#botm pick for me. If you are wondering about a book club pick for your next book make it Ask Again, Yes. Family, Relationships, Forgiveness, Hope.

Mitch I‘ve just finished this too and thought it‘d make a great book club book. Lots to mull and ponder! 2mo
Scochrane26 I‘m going to recommend a couple of new books for my book club, I‘ll include this. My librarian has to find picks through a list, so she can request enough copies, but they‘re usually recent books, so this might be on there. 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading My irl bool club will choose the year of books on Tuesday. I was thinking of this one and maybe lab girl. Glad to hear there is a lot of discussion points! 2mo
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Bren912
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Wow. Wow. Wow. This book is a Jimmy Fallon book choice—recommended by a family member for our book club. The wait list at the library was insane so we couldn‘t all get it. And then, like winning a lottery ticket, I got a notice my book was ready ( thought it was another). And when I went to get it, it was this. 🙌🏼. And my heart is tugging in a bazillion directions. Anyone else read this one yet??

CBee YES! I loved this one. Just a beautiful book. 2mo
marleed I like this story. I read it immediately following Little Fires Everywhere. I appreciated that the author let us draw our own opinions of the characters. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Really liked this one! Hope you enjoy it too. 2mo
erinreads Can‘t wait to get this one! I‘ve heard so many good things about it. 2mo
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LauraBeth
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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I ❤️ a long-tailed Q.

Cathythoughts 👍🏻😊. Looking forward to this one 2mo
DrawingSustenance Oooh, fancy. 😍 2mo
valeriegeary Elegant! 2mo
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BarbaraBB Oow there‘s your past in adveristing again (I think)! 💜 2mo
LeahBergen Yes! 2mo
AlaMich That‘s purty!! 2mo
UwannaPublishme 😍🙌🏻 2mo
LauraBeth @Cathythoughts I‘m only on Chapter 4, but so far, so good! 2mo
LauraBeth @JulietBooks IKR?! 😂 2mo
LauraBeth @valeriegeary truly! 😍 2mo
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB I guess it never leaves you 😂 2mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 😍😍 2mo
LauraBeth @AlaMich it is indeed! 😍 2mo
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Meghan1
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane

#BFCRound3 Week 4

120/120 minutes of exercise
7/10 books

This week isn‘t looking so good exercise wise.

@wanderinglynn @Catlover23 @Scochrane26 @LapReader @hes7 @TK421 @krayoncolorz @Sresendez12 @Laughterhp

Laughterhp Great job! 2mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2mo
hes7 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Catlover23
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane

BFC Week 4

I joined WW again, so see how that goes. I've gone on 2 walks this week. Slowly getting there.

@Scochrane26 @LapReader @hes7 @TK421 @Dragonfairykats @krayoncolorz @Meghan1 @Sresendez12

Scochrane26 The hardest part for me is getting up and getting ready to go for a walk. Once i have shoes on, I‘m good. Yay for you—those are big steps to take! (edited) 2mo
hes7 Way to go! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Sresendez12 Any progress is good progress! Awesome job! 2mo
Dragonfairykats Yay!!! What a great step! You got this!! 💥🤸‍♀️💃 2mo
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LauraBeth
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Happy Friday 💃 Reading the tagged book this morning.

britt_brooke Good morning, Bitsy! 🐾 2mo
Leftcoastzen Adorable! 2mo
AmyG Awww 💕 2mo
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Laura317 Sweet Bitsy! 2mo
LeahBergen Hello, Bitsy! 😘😘 2mo
UwannaPublishme Awwww, there he is! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
kspenmoll Up to his old tricks! ❤️ 2mo
LauraBeth @britt_brooke Bitsy says 👋👋 2mo
LauraBeth @Leftcoastzen and she knows it 😹 2mo
LauraBeth @AmyG ☺️ 2mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen Bitsy returns the hello 😘😘 2mo
LauraBeth @UwannaPublishme I feel like it‘s been a while because we‘ve been a house full of cats lately! 😹 2mo
LauraBeth @kspenmoll 😹😹 2mo
TNbookworm ❤ Bitsy! 2mo
DebinHawaii Bitsy!! 🐶❤️ 2mo
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Mitch
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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This is such a quiet, well told character driven story. Keane deftly tells the story from multiple characters points of view - each of which is incredibly believable. The blue collar catholic community is well drawn, as is the real life of a cop family. It's one of those stories that slowly creeps up on you and you find yourself completely invested in the lives of these two families. #readthis

Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m looking forward to it 2mo
Mitch @Cathythoughts I really enjoyed it! Its one of those books where you hang with characters rather than hang on plot 2mo
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Mitch
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Jumped on a train to the seaside, as it‘s probably the last afternoon of summer for me 😩

Starting this - loved Fever so fingers crossed its as good. 🤞🏼

Hooked_on_books I haven‘t read Fever, but this one‘s really good! 3mo
Oryx Heard the author on the radio yesterday - this one sounded interesting. 3mo
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Aloisi_tribe
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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My #bnbookhaul sale book haul. Three of them are for my son for his birthday. The rest are for me because I‘ve been very good and not bought any books for months. Except The Nickel Boys because how could you not? And the new Stephen King that comes out next week because I had to. And also that package that‘s coming from World of Books but *shhhh* we don‘t need to talk about that. 😁

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Mary Beth Keane is a new author for me and her latest book has rocketed into the public consciousness lately. It‘s a character-driven novel with some intense events. Imagine looking into your neighbor‘ windows, hearing and seeing everything. This book is like that. Keane manages several viewpoints and varying emotions deftly. I really liked it.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019

Megabooks I picked this up at BN half off. I‘m really excited for it! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks Hope you enjoy!! 3mo
kspenmoll I have this Barbara; As usual, helpful review! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @kspenmoll Thanks so much. Hope you enjoy it whenever you get to it. 👊🏻📚♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻. Must get to it soon 3mo
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