Contemporary Fiction

We Never Asked for Wings

by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Quick take

Dramatic, nuanced and populated with characters who deserve your attention, Wings is a delightful meditation on the sorrows and consolations of family and the difficulty of outrunning the past.

Why I love it

What is it that makes us say "yes" as we start a new novel? Yes, I will give myself over to this imaginary world instead of abandoning it for the next book on my bedside stack? The language must appeal, the plot must invite, but for me the key is feeling that I'm in good hands: I need to trust the author not to veer into implausibility or bore me to tears. "This is your author speak...

Member thoughts

  • Kelsey P.

    Park Ridge, NJ

    "This was a beautiful book. Vanessa Diffenbaugh is an amazing author. "

  • Noa H.

    La Canada, CA

    "Really liked her first book and wasn't disappointed with this one."

  • Jennifer R.

    Columbia, MD

    "This one wasn't a huge hit for me-okay at best."