Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings which spotlights and discusses forthcoming books that bloggers are looking forward to reading. Generally it's about books that haven't been released yet. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday, formerly hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

There are so many exciting new books on the horizon, so without further ado, this week's Can't Wait For book is . . . 

Ask Again, Yes 
Publication Date:  May 28, 2019
Publisher:  Scribner

From Goodreads:  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 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.

Ask Again, Yes by award-winning author Mary Beth Keane, is 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.
Ask Again, Yes 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.

My thoughts:  Mary Beth Keane has demonstrated her rich storytelling talent in her previous novels, The Walking People and FeverIt's very good news indeed that she has completed her third novel, which will be released soon.

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  1. I don't read enough books that start in the 70s! Sounds fun, Catherine!

    Here's my Waiting On Wednesday post. Hope you're having a great week! Happy Hump Day! xx

  2. I think this book sounds very good and I am also noticing that this is the author of FEVER. I meant to read that one a while back. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Ooooh, I want to know more about this violent event!

  4. This sounds really good! Hope you enjoy!

  5. I love the sound of this one. Thanks for sharing, and I'm adding it to my list.

  6. This sounds like an emotional read. I'm already intrigued! I hope you love it, Catherine.

  7. I don't think I've read this author before but I really like the sound of this one. Can't wait to see what you think of it.

  8. This sounds interesting! It's not my genre of book but I'm curious.