Vanessa Diffenbaugh

WE NEVER ASKED FOR WINGS (2016) 
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For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, fifteen, and Luna, just 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.

Rights: Ballantine, North America; Garzanti, Italy; Macmillan/Mantle, UK; Macmillan, Australia; Bazar, Sweden; Swiat, Poland; Presses de la Cite, France; Blanvalet, Germany; Aschehoug, Norway; Kinnert, Israel; UCILA, Slovenia

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS (2011) 

The Victorian language of flowers was used to express emotions: honeysuckle for devotion, azaleas for passion, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it has been more useful in communicating feelings like grief, mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen, Victoria has nowhere to go, and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. When her talent is discovered by a local florist, she discovers her gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But it takes meeting a mysterious vendor at the flower market for her to realise what’s been missing in her own life, and as she starts to fall for him, she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, and decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness. The Language of Flowers is a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about the meaning of flowers, the meaning of family, and the meaning of love.

Rights: Ballantine, North America; Pan Macmillan, UK; Picador, ANZ; Dudaj, Albania; Sextante, Brazil; Kragozor, Bulgaria; Edicions 62, Catalan; Yilin, China; Znanje, Croatia; Euromedia, Czech; Lindhardt & Ringhof, Denmark; Varrak, Estonia; WSOY, Finland; Presses de la Cite, France; Droemer, Germany; Psichogios, Greece; Unieboek, Holland; Cartaphilus, Hungary; Forlagid, Iceland; Bentang Pustaka, Indonesia; Kinneret, Israel; Garzanti, Italy; Poplar, Japan; Woongjin, Korea; Zvaigzne ABC, Latvia; Almalittera, Lithuania; Tri, Macedonia; Aschehoug, Norway; Swiat Ksiazki, Poland; Objectiva, Portugal; Humanitas, Romania; Ripol Classic, Russia; Alnari, Serbia; Ikar, Slovakia; Ulia, Slovenia; Salamandra, Spain; Bazar Forlag, Sweden; Linking, Taiwan; Sanskrit, Thailand; Pegasus, Turkey; Vietnamese Women Publishing House, Vietnam

Audio Rights: Forlagid, Iceland; E-Book: Forlagid, Iceland