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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh Narrator: Emma Bering, Robbie Daymond Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781101888629
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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. . . . [Vanessa] 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 Wife
  • “Deftly blends family conflict with reassurance: Wings is like Parenthood with class and immigration issues added for gravitas.”

    People magazine

  • “[A] gripping, heartfelt exploration of a mother’s love, resilience, and redemption.”

    Family Circle

  • “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

  • “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 (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Satisfying storytelling…Diffenbaugh delivers a heartwarming journey that mixes redemption and optimistic insight.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “While Bering is ideal as flighty, irresponsible Letty and spirited six-year-old Luna, she’s flawless as Latino parents Maria Elena and Enrique. Daymond inhabits fifteen-year-old Alex as he copes with school, meets his absent dad, and protects his fragile girlfriend. Daymond and Bering deftly convey compassion for the poor and for immigrants—legal and illegal.”

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  • A People Pick of the Week
  • Finalist for the 2015 RT Book Reviews Award for Best Multicultural Fiction
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About the Author
Author Vanessa DiffenbaughVanessa Diffenbaugh is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Language of Flowers, which was translated into more than forty languages. A mother of four, she lives with her husband in Monterey, California. In addition to being a writer, Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a passionate foster care advocate and sits on the board of Youth Villages, where she supports their mission to radically improve outcomes for America’s most vulnerable children and families.
About the Narrators

Emma Bering is an audiobook narrator whose readings include The Second Empress by Michelle Moran, Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers, and A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper, among many others.

Robbie Daymond was born in Chesterfield, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2007 with a master’s degree in acting. Daymond works primarily in theater but has made several forays into television, video games, and film. He currently resides in Hollywood with his longtime girlfriend, Megan Strand.