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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 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.”


  • “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.”


  • A People Pick of the Week
  • Finalist for the 2015 RT Book Reviews Award for Best Multicultural Fiction
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