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Thursday, 20 August 2015

We Never Asked for Wings: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

We Never Asked for Wings: A NovelWe Never Asked for Wings: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I have to start out by saying how much I loved this cover. Its so attractive and appertaining to the story inside.

I also wondered how the author came up with the title, I now know.

Never having read or heard of Vanessa Diffenbaugh I was eager to discover her type of writing style and I have to say, its a way that I love, and easy to grasp and take hold of the story and its plot right away.

The opening chapters give a great full on "pull you in" and "I need to read more" kind of way.

We have two children left. Not abandoned as such, but left to their own devices because the adult has "flown the nest", but for how long and why.

The children struggling there on their own are remarkable because, they have gone through this before and know just what to do. However, its very much a struggle.

Letty is the Mother of both these children, a son in his teens Alex and Luna who is only six.


Letty is also a Mom with habits and problems. But we see her turn her life around and become a much better parent.

We see Alex grow. We see him fall for a girl with disabilities who gets bullied.

Its a family style type of read which goes along with all the ups and downs of a dysfunctional family in my humble opinion.

After reading THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS which I adored, I felt this although very good, I supposed I was spoiled by her other book and expected more.

It was an OK read, just nothing really stood out for me.


I would like to thank Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via Net Galley for my advanced copy.


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.






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