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What the Family Needed

(2012)
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"Okay, tell me which you want," Alek asks his cousin at the outset of What the Family Needed. "To be able to fly or to be invisible?" And soon Giordana, a teenager suffering the bitter fallout of her parents' divorce, finds that she can, at will, become as invisible as she feels. Later, Alek's mother, newly adrift in the disturbing awareness that all is not well with her younger son, can suddenly swim with Olympic endurance. Steven Amsterdam's incandescent novel follows the members of this gorgeously imagined extended family over three decades, as they each discover, at a moment of crisis, that they possess a supernatural power. But instead of crimes to fight and villains to vanquish, the family confronts inner demons, and their extraordinary abilities prove to be not so much magic weapons but expressions of their fears and longings as they struggle to come to terms with who they are and what fate deals them. As the years pass, their lives intersect and overlap in surprising and poignant ways, and the real magic is revealed to lie not in their superpowers but in the very human and miraculous ways they are able to accept, protect, and love one another.

    

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Hardback Editions

March 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: What the Family Needed: A Novel
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 1-59448-639-5 / 978-1-59448-639-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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Paperback Editions

April 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: What the Family Needed: A Novel
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 1-59463-235-9 / 978-1-59463-235-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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November 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: What the Family Needed
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 0-09-956593-5 / 978-0-09-956593-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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August 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: What the Family Needed
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 1-84655-580-9 / 978-1-84655-580-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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January 2011 : Australia Paperback
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Title: What the Family Needed
Author(s): Steven K Amsterdam
ISBN: 1-74270-211-2 / 978-1-74270-211-7 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Sleepers
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Audio Editions

June 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: What the Family Needed
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 1-4692-5936-2 / 978-1-4692-5936-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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April 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: What the Family Needed
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 1-4692-5849-8 / 978-1-4692-5849-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
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March 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: What the Family Needed
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 1-4692-5844-7 / 978-1-4692-5844-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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March 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: What the Family Needed
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 1-4692-5848-X / 978-1-4692-5848-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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March 2013 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: What the Family Needed
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 1-4692-5845-5 / 978-1-4692-5845-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2013 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: What the Family Needed
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 1-4692-5846-3 / 978-1-4692-5846-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: What the Family Needed
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: What the Family Needed: A Novel
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


August 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: What the Family Needed
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK