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We Never Asked for Wings
A Novel
By (author): Vanessa Diffenbaugh
9780553392319 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Women Aug 18, 2015
$35.00 CAD
Remaindered 6.41 x 9.54 x 1.12 in 320 pages Ballantine Ballantine Books
From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers comes a powerful new novel about fighting adversity and learning how to be a parent to your own kids.

On the morning Letty Espinosa sets out from San Francisco for the Mexican border, her two children - fifteen-year-old Alex and six-year-old Luna - wake up alone in their little apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. For fourteen years, it was their grandmother who raised them while Letty worked three jobs. But now, her parents have returned to Mexico, and she doesn’t have a choice: she has to step up and become a mother.

Alone and uncertain, Letty struggles to get her bearings. With Luna missing her grandparents desperately, and Alex - who is falling in love for the first time - unwilling to give her a chance, it seems impossible that she’ll be able to put her family back together. But then she comes up with a plan that just might help them escape the heartbreaking injustices of the place they’ve always called home - until one wrong move jeopardizes everything she’s worked for, threatening those they love and calling into question all their fragile hopes for the future.

Deeply moving and gorgeously written, this hugely anticipated novel by the bestselling author of The Language of Flowers is about love, inequality, and what it means to be a family.

Story Locale: San Francisco, CA

VANESSA DIFFENBAUGH was born in San Francisco and raised in Chico, California. After studying creative writing and education at Stanford, she went on to teach art and writing to youth in low-income communities. She and her husband, PK, have three children: Tre’von, 18, Chela, 4, and Miles, 3. Diffenbaugh and her family currently live in California.

Author Residence: Monterey, California

Author Hometown: Chico, CA

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“Deftly blends family conflict with reassurance: Wings is like Parenthood with class and immigration issues added for gravitas.”People (Book of the Week)

“This poignant story will stay in readers’ hearts long after the last page. . . . [Vanessa] Diffenbaugh weaves in the plight of undocumented immigrants to her tale of first- and second-generation Americans struggling to make their way in America. Moving without being maudlin, this story avoids the stereotypes in its stark portrayal of mothers who just want the best for their children.”RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

“Diffenbaugh is a storyteller of the highest order: her simple but poetic prose makes even this most classically American story sing with a special kind of vulnerable beauty.”Bustle

“[A] gripping, heartfelt exploration of a mother’s love, resilience and redemption.”Family Circle

“Satisfying storytelling . . . Diffenbaugh delivers a heartwarming journey that mixes redemption and optimistic insight [and] confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers.”Kirkus Reviews

“I was hooked from the first breathtaking pages of We Never Asked for Wings, caring about this exquisitely vulnerable family, hoping right along with them on every page that each heart-rending, impossible choice would lead them somewhere better together.”—Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice

“Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s We Never Asked for Wings propels us into a mother’s heart as she and her family travel down a rocky path to understanding and forgiveness. With breathtaking imagery and lyrical prose, Diffenbaugh makes Letty’s growth from a troubled young mother to a responsible woman who learns to put her children first, but also allows herself the possibility of love, entirely believable. Hers is a hard-won victory you will cheer even as you wish this graceful, moving book would never end.”—Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife

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