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We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  

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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? Honest and compelling, the new novel from the author of The Language of Flowers is about family, the decisions we take, the mistakes we make, the people we trust, and, above all, how - and where - we find love.

If you like Vanessa Diffenbaugh you might also like to read books by Maggie O'Farrell, Lionel Shriver and Joanne Harris.

Synopsis

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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.

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 A gripping, heartfelt exploration of a mother's love, resilience and redemption Family Circle 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

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


About the Author

Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

10th September 2015

Author

Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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Publisher

Mantle an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781447294498

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