- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (April 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553392336
- ISBN-13: 978-0553392333
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 435 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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
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About the Author
Vanessa 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.
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The areas that detracted from the story was the character of the mother and her young daughter; their behavior was almost frenetic without any let-up. The mother, although she did develop in the end, was unlikeable. She wasn't unlikeable because of her many flaws, but I couldn't imagine her having a friend like the one she had (which was not developed at all, just a name). I would have like to see an argument between the both of them, something to clue me in on why they'd be best friends, other than the friend is a convenient babysitter.
The characterizations of the grandparents were interesting and I found them to be realistic. The uniqueness of the grandfather's hobby and his relationship to his grandson provided some depth and much interest to the story.
I found myself skimming over the parts of the mother so I could read about her son and his girlfriend. Their characters had a poignancy about them that kept you reading and rooting for their relationship very unlike the relationship between the mother and her love interests.
I really liked the characters and the author painted them with nuances that were unique and extremely believable. The plot and the characters were what made this book for me, even if the message of the story did not resonate with me fully. Finally, I extremely enjoyed the smaller details and the research that went into writing this book. The medical and scientific details were enthralling without bogging the story down, and I appreciate a book that entertains me as well as educating me about something I didn't know before.
So, quite a lot of pluses, and maybe the only minus would be that the main character emerges victorious in life even after being somewhat undeserving in the beginning - that rarely happens in life - but I found that I could suspend my disbelief for that.
The research the writer did was terrific. Carry on, I will be waiting for your next book.
Stayed up till 5 am to finish....Thanks again.