We Never Asked for Wings

We Never Asked for Wings

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers comes her much-anticipated new novel about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds.
 
For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children--Alex, fifteen, and Luna, just six--in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty's parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life.
 
Navigating this new terrain is challenging for Letty, especially as Luna desperately misses her grandparents and Alex, who is falling in love with a classmate, is unwilling to give his mother a chance. Letty comes up with a plan to help the family escape the dangerous neighborhood and heartbreaking injustice that have marked their lives, but one wrong move could jeopardize everything she's worked for and her family's fragile hopes for the future.
 
Vanessa Diffenbaugh blends gorgeous prose with compelling themes of motherhood, undocumented immigration, and the American Dream in a powerful and prescient story about family.

Praise for We Never Asked for Wings
 
"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. . . . 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


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2015
ISBN: 9780553392326
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OGBooktalk
Oct 23, 2017

on 2017 reading ballot

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superreader64
Mar 20, 2017

I didn't like this book. The plot moved too slow. I don't recommend it. A waste of time reading it.
I have not read the author's first book and I don't know if I want to.

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dlh1
Jan 15, 2017

My only complaint about this book is that it ended just as it was getting interesting. I went online looking for a sequel, but no luck. Hopefully, the author realizes that this story is unfinished and revisits the characters in the future. I was intrigued to find out more about the feather mosaics that were described in the book, and I found a link where I could view some examples of this type of art: http://hyperallergic.com/273305/plumage-of-the-saints-aztec-feather-art-in-the-age-of-colonialism/

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iflyercoupes
Jun 23, 2016

I didn't get through it. I love the author's writing but the pace was slower. To be honest, this was a 5-star book for reality, 2 stars for escapist fiction.

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pktab
Sep 29, 2015

I gave up on this one. I have three other books to read and two waiting at library. This one was too depressing for me to deal with right now.

madison382 Sep 11, 2015

This book is about a young woman that had two children that her parents helped her to raise. After many years her parents left and went back to their native country and the mother had to take care of her children by herself. This book did not do it for me.

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barb8571
Aug 31, 2015

I loved her first book The Language of Flowers, and knew I wanted to read her latest offering. This book is excellent - not quite as good as her first one, but still right up there. Highly recommend.

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sasie
Aug 24, 2015

A great book for people that like fictional stories that deal with issues. I loved the characters and found it to be a very enjoyable book.

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