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We Never Asked for Wings

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We Never Asked for Wings

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781743536896
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pub Date: 25/08/2015
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
  • Imprint: Picador Australia
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: $29.99

From the author of The Language of Flowers

"a heartwarming journey that mixes redemption and optimistic insight in equal measure ... Diffenbaugh's latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers" Kirkus

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

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.

Author Information

Vanessa Diffenbaugh was born and raised in California. She has degrees in Creative Writing and Art Education from Stanford University. She is an activist and has worked in non-profits with "at risk" youth, including homeless and foster youth. She and her husband have three children, Graciela, Miles, and Tre'von and live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.