I received an advanced copy of Ask Again, Yes from Scribner. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it lived up to all my hopes! Check out my rating and review of this must-read new release, coming out at the end of May.
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Author: Mary Beth Keane
Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Family Saga | Coming of Age
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, hands down
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Comparable Titles: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
Summary: Ask Again, Yes is the story of two neighboring families, close in proximity but not in heart. But when an unexpected violent event happens, separating them miles and miles, their lives become intertwined forever.
This book spans almost four decades, following the members of the families through various milestones of their lives—marriage, infidelity, illness, births, new jobs, new homes, lost jobs, and even death.
While the external story is a coming-of-age family saga, the real story is about forgiveness—how much can it way down those who have not yet given it and who gets the most benefit when it’s finally granted—the one who gives it or the one who gets it?
Why This is a Must-Read: I poured over this one from the moment I opened it. This is an interesting book—it spans about forty years, huge moments done and gone in just a paragraph or two. It’s a literal translation of how fast a life fleets by, which is one of the main themes of the book. ⠀
Every character, every story line, and every heartbreaking moment was more than I expected. One of my favorite books of the year so far! I highly recommend reading it.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️—Add this to your must-read list immediately. This is an important and moving book. I highly recommend.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️—This book was entertaining, well-written, and worthwhile. I definitely recommend.
⭐️⭐️⭐️—This book was decent and a good read. I recommend, but do not consider it a must-read.
⭐️⭐️—This book had one or two positive qualities, but overall I do not recommend.
⭐️—This book fell flat in several ways. I do not recommend.