Ask Again Yes, by Mary Beth Keane Review
#partner "You think a person comes out of a house like that undamaged? You don't see it now, Kate, but it's there. I promise you. Marriage is long. All the seams get tested."
Where to begin with how I feel about this book? If you are looking for a story that seeps in to your soul and pulls every heart string that you have, then this is the book for you. Ask Again, Yes is the stirring portrait of the effects of mental illness and addiction on two families and an honest look at marriage and relationships. It’s a tender take on what life can be like when your parents fail you and you are forced to grow up much too fast. I found myself rooting hard for Peter and Kate as they attempted to rewrite their family narrative and I was unprepared for how incredibly close to home the character of Anne Stanhope would hit for me.
The title became more appropriate the longer I read because ... YES. YES TO ALL OF IT. Yes to the conversations that this book will start about mental illness and the complex emotions that one experiences living with a parent who can be volatile. Yes to the authentic portrayal of marriage and sacrifice. Yes to young love and the belief that you can change the world and the people in it for the better. Yes to forgiveness, hope and second chances. Yes to realistic, compelling, family drama enveloped in redemption and grace. Yes to reading a work that so beautifully depicts the daily struggles and joys that people experience as they make their way through life. ALL THE STARS.
Deepest thanks to Scribner Books for sending this gorgeous story my way. Be sure and look for this one in stores on May 28th.