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Vanessa Diffenbaugh - Author

About the Author

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. Tre'von, a former foster child, is attending New York University on a Gates Millenium Scholarship. Vanessa and her family currently live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her husband is studying urban school reform at Harvard.

Featured books by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

We Never Asked for Wings

We Never Asked for Wings

Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2015

As a single parent, Letty does everything for her two children - apart from raise them. Being a mother terrifies her more than she can admit, and so she's always let her mother take that role. When Maria Elena ups and leaves, however, Letty has to confront her fears and become the parent she doesn't think she can be. Even as she tries to give her children a future, Letty's teenage son, Alex, struggles to forgive his mother for choices she made in the past. But he and Letty are not so dissimilar, and both are prepared to risk everything for those they love. Honest and compelling, We Never Asked for Wings is about family; it's about the decisions we take, the mistakes we make, the people we trust, and, above all, how - and where - we find love.

Other books by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

We Never Asked for Wings

We Never Asked for Wings

Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/06/2016

How far would you go for your children? Would you lie for them? Flee with them? Let someone else mother them if you thought they would do a better job? As a single parent, Letty does everything for her two children - apart from raise them. Being a mother terrifies her more than she can admit, and so she's always let her mother take that role. When Maria Elena ups and leaves, however, Letty has to confront her fears and become the parent she doesn't think she can be. Even as she tries to give her children a future, Letty's teenage son, Alex, struggles to forgive his mother for choices she made in the past. But he and Letty are not so dissimilar, and both are prepared to risk everything for those they love. Honest and compelling, We Never Asked for Wings is about family; it's about the decisions we take, the mistakes we make, the people we trust, and, above all, how - and where - we find love.

viragok nyelve

viragok nyelve

Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Az arvakent felcseperedett Victoria szinte csak a bizonytalansagot ismeri. Elete egyetlen biztos pontja az, hogy csakis onmagara szamithat. Senkinek nem kell, ezert neki sem kell senki. Mivel mindenkit eltaszit maga mellol, egyre nehezebb helyzetbe kerul, a jovoje egyre sotetebbnek tunik. Kilatastalan sodrodasat vegul szerencses fordulat torpantja meg, mely paratlan kepessegenek koszonheto. A zarkozott lany ugyanis szavakkal nehezen fejezi ki magat, am a viragok jelkepes nyelvet olyan ekesen beszeli, hogy e tudasa altal - melyet egy korabbi neveloanyjanak koszonhetoen sajatitott el - kepes megvaltoztatni masok eletet. Victoria lassan otthonra talal es megallapodik, am egy uj ismeretseg es az ebbol kibontakozo szenvedelyes erzelem azzal fenyeget, hogy a sorsa ismet rosszra fordul. Vajon kepes lehet-e arra, hogy sajatos tudasaval onnon eletet is jo iranyba terelje? Masodik eselyt a boldogsagra csak akkor kaphat, ha vegre szembenez multja fajdalmas titkaval, mely hosszu evek ota kiserti. Az amerikai szerzo elso regenye, mely vilagszerte hatalmas sikert aratott, elegansan szovi egybe a mult es a jelen szalait. Kulonos kepesseggel felruhazott fiatal hosnojenek felejthetetlenul eletteli tortenete arrol tanuskodik, hogy az emberi szivben erzelmi rejtelyek vegtelen sokasaga lakozik. "e;Az ev legjobb elsokotetes szerzoje. Vanessa Diffenbaugh modern tundermeseje rogton rabul ejti az olvasot. Aki kezbe veszi ezt a paratlanul bolcs es lenyugozo regenyt, azonnal beleszeret."e; (Elle) "e;Csodalatos regeny anyakrol es lanyokrol, szeretetrol es a viragok titkos nyelverol"e; (Tatiana de Rosnay) A Konyvjelzo magazin 2013. decemberi szamaban megjelent cikk: Viragkod Olvasson bele: Reszlet a konyvbol

We Never Asked for Wings

We Never Asked for Wings

Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2016

How far would you go for your children? Would you lie for them? Flee with them? Let someone else mother them if you thought they would do a better job? As a single parent, Letty does everything for her two children - apart from raise them. Being a mother terrifies her more than she can admit, and so she's always let her mother take that role. When Maria Elena ups and leaves, however, Letty has to confront her fears and become the parent she doesn't think she can be. Even as she tries to give her children a future, Letty's teenage son, Alex, struggles to forgive his mother for choices she made in the past. But he and Letty are not so dissimilar, and both are prepared to risk everything for those they love. Honest and compelling, We Never Asked for Wings is about family; it's about the decisions we take, the mistakes we make, the people we trust, and, above all, how - and where - we find love.

We Never Asked for Wings

We Never Asked for Wings

Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2015

As a single parent, Letty does everything for her two children - apart from raise them. Being a mother terrifies her more than she can admit, and so she's always let her mother take that role. When Maria Elena ups and leaves, however, Letty has to confront her fears and become the parent she doesn't think she can be. Even as she tries to give her children a future, Letty's teenage son, Alex, struggles to forgive his mother for choices she made in the past. But he and Letty are not so dissimilar, and both are prepared to risk everything for those they love. Honest and compelling, We Never Asked for Wings is about family; it's about the decisions we take, the mistakes we make, the people we trust, and, above all, how - and where - we find love.

We Never Asked for Wings

We Never Asked for Wings

Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2015

The international bestseller from the author of The Language of Flowers How far would you go for your children? Would you lie for them? Flee with them? Let someone else mother them if you thought they would do a better job? As a single parent, Letty does everything for her two children - apart from raise them. Being a mother terrifies her more than she can admit, and so she's always let her mother take that role. When Maria Elena ups and leaves, however, Letty has to confront her fears and become the parent she doesn't think she can be. Even as she tries to give her children a future, Letty's teenage son, Alex, struggles to forgive his mother for choices she made in the past. But he and Letty are not so dissimilar, and both are prepared to risk everything for those they love. Honest and compelling, We Never Asked for Wings is about family; it's about the decisions we take, the mistakes we make, the people we trust, and, above all, how - and where - we find love.

We Never Asked for Wings

We Never Asked for Wings

Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh Format: eBook Release Date: 18/08/2015

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 childrenAlex, fifteen, and Luna, just sixin 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 WifeFrom the Hardcover edition.

Language of Flowers

Language of Flowers

Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2011

A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what's been missing in her life, and when she's forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it's worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.Praise for The Language of Flowers"e;Instantly enchanting . . . [Diffenbaugh] is the best new writer of the year."e;Elle';I would like to hand Vanessa Diffenbaugh a bouquet of bouvardia (enthusiasm), gladiolus (you pierce my heart) and lisianthus (appreciation). In this original and brilliant first novel, Diffenbaugh has united her fascination with the language of flowersa long-forgotten and mysterious way of communicationwith her firsthand knowledge of the travails of the foster-care system. . . . This novel is both enchanting and cruel, full of beauty and anger. Diffenbaugh is a talented writer and a mesmerizing storyteller. She includes a flower dictionary in case we want to use the language ourselves. And there is one more sprig I should add to her bouquet: a single pink carnation (I will never forget you).'WashingtonPost"e;A fascinating debut . . . Diffenbaugh clearly knows both the human heart and her plants, and she keeps us rooting for the damaged Victoria."e;O Magazine"e;Diffenbaugh effortlessly spins this enchanting tale, making even her prickly protagonist impossible not to love."e;Entertainment Weekly

Die verborgene Sprache der Blumen

Die verborgene Sprache der Blumen

Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2011

Victoria Jones kennt von Geburt an nur Waisenhauser und Pflegefamilien. Wie ein Gegenstand wurde sie von einer Bleibe zur nachsten weitergereicht. Schon als Kind hat sie sich deshalb zu einer wortkargen, menschenscheuen Kratzburste entwickelt. Einzig fur Blumen interessiert sie sich, und fur deren Sprache, denn die hat sie von Elizabeth gelernt, dem einzigen Menschen, von dem sie je Liebe erfahren hat. Mit achtzehn Jahren ist Victoria obdachlos und ganz auf sich allein gestellt - bis sie einen Job in einem kleinen Blumenladen findet. Auf dem Markt der Blumenhandler lernt sie schlielich einen jungen Mann kennen. Erstaunt stellt sie fest, dass Grant ebenfalls die Sprache der Blumen versteht. Gegen ihren Willen keimt in Victoria nach langer Zeit wieder Hoffnung: auf Liebe, auf eine Familie, auf ein Zuhause ... Doch ihre Vergangenheit, ihre schmerzvollen Erinnerungen an Elizabeth holen sie immer wieder ein. Kann es Grant gelingen, sie trotzdem zu lieben - so unberechenbar, so verstockt, so verletzlich, wie sie ist?

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