We Never Asked for Wings

  • by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • Narrated by Emma Bering, Robbie Daymond
  • 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the beloved New York Times best-selling author of The Language of Flowers comes her much-anticipated new novel about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds.
For 14 years Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children - Alex, now 15, 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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good Story -Excellent narration

I'm not a big fan of fiction but occasionally something catches my eye and I buy with my fingers crossed. This book did not disappoint.
Leddy, a Mexican American girl with a promising future ends up a single mother of two kids-both being raised by her own mother while she works dead end jobs and and fails to launch her own life. Then her parents move back to Mexico and here the story really takes off. The characters were well-developed and real. The story tackles the real life issues facing undocumented immigrants and first generation Americans. The plot is thick with twists and turns and does not have the predictability and implausibility in so much fiction I have read. Narration is done in the woman's voice and her older son which keeps things interesting.
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- Courtney

a very empowering story

This book is very down to earth and makes you feel as though possibilities are available no matted your decisions. I identified with all the characters even when I did not intend to. I felt a sense of humility when listening to this book. This book is well written and carefully thought out . If you feel that you are alone or feel that your failed decisions dictate your future ,after reading this book you will understand opportunity is the result, of those decisions, IF you choose to look at life in a way that differs from self.(you).
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-18-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio