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What the Family Needed

(2012)
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In this incandescent novel, a family's superpowers bestow not instant salvation but the miracle of accepting who they are.

"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. Over three decades, in fact, each member of this gorgeously imagined extended family discovers, at a moment of crisis, that he or she possesses a supernatural power. But instead of crimes to fight and villains to vanquish, they confront inner demons, and their extraordinary abilities prove not to be magic weapons so much as 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 they discover that the real magic lies not in their superpowers but in the very human and miraculous way they are able to accept, protect, and love one another.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2013 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: 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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January 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: What the Family Needed
Author(s): Steven K Amsterdam
ISBN: 1-74270-211-2 / 978-1-74270-211-7 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Sleepers
Availability: Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

June 2014 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: What the Family Needed
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 1-4692-5849-8 / 978-1-4692-5849-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2013 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: What the Family Needed
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 1-4692-5844-7 / 978-1-4692-5844-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2013 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: What the Family Needed
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 1-4692-5848-X / 978-1-4692-5848-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2013 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: 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   

Kindle Editions

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

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


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