Virtual Book Group; or ‘The Taming of the Zoom’ – ‘Ask Again, Yes’ by Mary Beth Keane
Thu 22 Oct 2020
7:00pm at a laptop screen near you!
Mr B’s book groups are back!
Of course, we would love nothing more that to open the doors at 13-15 John Street and fill the place with bibliophiles eager for a book-based natter, but annoyingly we’re still stuck in a global pandemic. We’ve decided that’s not going to stop us, so we’re going virtual! Our book groups may look a little different for now, but will be just as joyously bookish as always.
Our second choice has been loved by a few of the team now – the beautiful ‘Ask Again, Yes’ by Mary Beth Keane.
Gillam, upstate New York.
A town of ordinary, big-lawned suburban houses. The Gleesons have recently moved there and soon welcome the Stanhopes as their new neighbours. Lonely Lena Gleeson wants a friend but Anne Stanhope – cold, elegant, unstable – wants to be left alone.
It’s left to their children – Lena’s youngest, Kate, and Anne’s only child, Peter – to find their way to one another. To form a friendship whose resilience and love will be almost broken by the fault line dividing both families, and by the terrible tragedy that will engulf them all.
A tragedy whose true origins only become clear many years later . . .
A story of love and redemption, faith and forgiveness, Ask Again, Yes reveals the way childhood memories change when viewed from the distance of adulthood – villains lose their menace, and those who appeared innocent seem less so.
Attending our book group is completely free – just register above to reserve your space in the group, and we will drop you an email just before the event with the link to the group chat.