Just Get Her Some Potato Salad and Nobody Gets Hurt: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Just Get Her Some Potato Salad and Nobody Gets Hurt: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Ask Again, Yes” by Mary Beth Keane is an incredibly engrossing read and honestly, makes me wonder if it’s one of the better portrayals of a person dealing with psychosis that I’ve read in a long time, if not ever.

Because I don’t suffer from it, it’s hard to say how accurate Keane’s portrayal of Anne is, BUT — I do get anxiety. And I do get feeling like the world is conspiring against you. And over the course of this family drama, it’s hard not to empathize with her character’s plight. (Especially given her childhood. Yikes.)

And Anne’s is just but one of several plot lines neatly intertwined in this summer bestseller — a tale of two families living on the outskirts of New York City, and spread over the course of several decades, beginning in the late 60s and reaching near present day. The Gleesons and the Stanhopes aren’t just neighbors. Francis and Brian are NYPD. Francis’ wife Lena is doing her best to make friends with Brian’s wife Anne, to no avail. And the Gleesons’ youngest daughter, Kate is best friends with the Stanhopes’ only child, Peter.

You can read the whole review here.

 

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