I do most of my reading on the weekends, interspersed with chores like laundry and grocery shopping and dog walking (Benny). Time is precious and in limited supply but I do love to just sit and read uninterrupted. Here in Pennsylvania, the weather is uncooperative to be able to sit outside, but it’s a beautiful morning and I hope to get a little bit of time outside to read.
I usually have two books going at once, one physical book and one on my Kindle. I don’t read outside on my iPad because of the glare, but it does take better photos! My reads for this weekend are Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane and Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney.
Ask Again, Yes will publish on May 28th. Thank you to Scribner books and NetGalley for my copy! Here’s a 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.
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.
Sometimes I Lie has been on my shelf for awhile and Alice Feeney has a new book out now. I’m a big fan of the twisted, psychological thriller, so I was anxious to read this one.
I’m off to enjoy a sunny Saturday while it lasts!