Mantle has bought the second novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers (Pan).
Associate publisher Sam Humphreys acquired UK rights to We Never Asked for Wings from Antony Topping at Greene and Heaton, on behalf of Sally Wofford-Girand at Union Literary.
We Never Asked for Wings tells the story of a single mother-of-two, Letty, who would do anything for her two children, apart from raise them, leaving that to her mother. But when Letty’s mother leaves, Letty promises herself she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her small family together.
Humphreys said: “We Never Asked for Wings is about the things we do for love, as parents and as children. It’s beautiful and haunting and, for me, it’s one of those books I want to keep pressing into people’s hands, saying, “You must read this; you’ll love it…”’
Mantle will publish in September 2015.