Vanessa spent time telling us about the inspiration for Language. She wanted to show the state of the foster care program and what happens when foster care children "age out" at 18. In fact, Vanessa and her husband, P.K., took on a foster care child, Trayvon, in a very roundabout way when he was beginning high school. Trayvon just graduated from NYU and is a very big part of the Diffenbaugh's life. And then there is Donovan, 25, who they actually just adopted! Vanessa certainly knows about foster care.
Vanessa also, of course, talked about her new book, We Never Asked For Wings. This one is about "undocumented immigration," among other things. I am looking forward to reading it. The bar is set incredibly high because of how much I liked Language. But I'm still anticipating a good read.
Vanessa Diffenbaugh is not only an outstanding novelist, she's also a foster care activist. Check out the Camellia Network, which she co-founded. This is a non-profit designed to help foster care children learn how to navigate adulthood when they turn 18 and are no longer eligible for foster care. I'm sure you would all agree that this is a very worthwhile, and necessary, cause.