We Never Asked for Wings

We Never Asked for Wings

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Random House, Inc.
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, now fifteen, and Luna, 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.

Advance praise for We Never Asked for Wings

“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

Praise for Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers

“Captivating . . . The Language of Flowers deftly weaves the sweetness of newfound love with the heartache of past mistakes.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“[An] original and brilliant first novel . . . [Diffenbaugh is] a mesmerizing storyteller.”The Washington Post

“Fascinating . . . Diffenbaugh clearly knows both the human heart and her plants, and she keeps us rooting for the damaged Victoria.”O: The Oprah Magazine(book of the week)

“Diffenbaugh effortlessly spins this enchanting tale, making even her prickly protagonist impossible not to love.”Entertainment Weekly

“Compelling . . . immensely engaging . . . unabashedly romantic . . . an emotional arc of almost unbearable poignance.”—The Boston Globe

Baker & Taylor
After fourteen years of working multiple jobs to make ends meet, Letty Espinosa must learn to be a mother when her parents, who have been raising Letty's teenage son and six-year-old daughter, decide to return to Mexico.

Baker
& Taylor

When her parents return to Mexico, 15-year-old Letty Espinosa is forced to become a parent to her young sister and considers a risky move that jeopardizes their fragile hopes for the future. By the best-selling author of The Language of Flowers.

Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780553392319
055339231X
9780553392326
Characteristics: 299 pages ; cm

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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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