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We never asked for Wings

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,…

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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.

  • We never asked for Wings
  • Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • ISBN: 9781743536896
  • General & Literary Fiction
  • Published by: Pan MacMillan
  • Softcover

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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.

 

Thanks to the amazing team at Pan MacMillan we have a copy of this wonderfully fun book on offer to review

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One comment

  1. If you are looking for a good read over the holidays or a book to gift for Christmas I recommend you take a look at We Never Asked for Wings.
    It is the second novel by author Vanessa Diffenbaugh and as with her first, The Language of Flowers, the author writes about people with lower incomes who are often on the outer fringe of society.
    Letty a solo Mum leaves her two children Alex, 15, and Luna,6 , home alone while she tries to find her mother who has set off back to Mexico to be with her husband. When Letty became pregnant as a teen her parents looked after the children while Letty worked nights in a bar. Catching up with Maria Elena at the bus station Letty opts to drive her into Mexico in an attempt to persuade them both to return to California. Her efforts are fruitless and “ Fifteen years after the birth of her first child , Letty was going home to be a mother.” Like all Mum’s, Letty doubts her ability to cope, but she loves her children and this motivates her to do the best for them.
    Job changes see Letty taking Luna with her during school holidays, to sit in the corridor of the bar, while co-worker Rick and her friend Sara look at ways to enable the children to attend her old school at Mission Hills. Meanwhile Alex has tracked down his father and he soon becomes embroiled into the story.
    It’s a great read with its twists and turns and with many issues which affect today’s families, is sure to be a popular book.
    I love the cover design, it is light and airy and totally in keeping with the title.
    Thank you Family in Focus for the opportunity to read this book, and send a review.

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