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We Need No Wings by Ann Dávila Cardinal (Paperback) (PREORDER)

We Need No Wings by Ann Dávila Cardinal (Paperback) (PREORDER)

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Fiction - Women - Magical Realism - Hispanic & Latino


To be free, we must learn to fly.

Teresa Sanchez has always known who she was: a professor, a wife, a mother, and a friend. But when her husband dies unexpectedly, she finds herself completely broken. Taking a leave from the university, Teresa hopes that she can mourn her husband and get back on her feet, but instead, she spends a year consumed by grief.

Until the day she levitates. 

Suddenly, Teresa's life is thrown into disarray, and the repeated incidents of levitation not only make her question her sanity, but also put her in danger. She decides she will do anything to stop them. So when she's reminded that her family is related to the renowned levitating mystic, Saint Teresa of Avila, she leaves the refuge of her home and travels to Spain, hoping to find answers. But Saints can be elusive, and not all answers are easily found. Teresa will soon have to decide whether to remain shrouded in her grief, or open her heart to a world where we need no wings to fly…

From the award-winning author of The Storyteller's Death comes a riveting, multicultural story about what it means to love, heal, and take flight.


Ann Dávila Cardinal is a two-time International Latino Book Award winning novelist and aging tattooed punk. Her first young adult horror novel, Five Midnights, was released by Tor Teen (2019), as was the sequel, Category Five (2020). Her adult debut, the novel The Storyteller's Death, was released by Sourcebooks in 2022, and her next magical realist adult novel, We Need No Wings, will be released from Sourcebooks on September 10, 2024. Her young adult, horror rom-com, Breakup From Hell, came out from HarperTeen in January of 2023.

Five Midnights won an AudioFile Earphones Award, an International Latino Book Award 2020, and was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award. Category Five was a finalist for the 2021 International Latino Book Award. The Storyteller's Death was a finalist for the Vermont Book Award and won gold in the popular fiction category of the International Latino Book Awards, 2023.

Her stories have appeared in a number of anthologies, including Our Shadows Have Claws (2022), Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology (2022), Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic (2020); and Women Writing the Weird (2012) and she contributed to the Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, And Society in the United States edited by Ilan Stavans.

Ann lives in Vermont, needle-felts tiny reading creatures, and prepares for the zombie apocalypse.

"Poignant, witty, and downright refreshing, We Need No Wings will crack open your mind and heart to show you how grief can help us live, doubt can make us trust, and change can bring us back to our true selves. I cried, I laughed, I desperately wanted to visit Spain with Tere Sánchez. This novel is pure magic." -- Eden Robins, author of Remember You Will Die

"An unflinching examination of grief through the eyes of an extraordinary woman. With humor and sensitivity, Ann Davila Cardinal weaves a potent narrative that demonstrates the resilience of women, who are more than their roles in the family--and that the third act of life can be a vibrant new beginning." --Dawn Kurtagich, author ofThe Madness

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