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What The Family Needed

What the Family NeededIn a series of intertwining chapters in What the Family Needed, Amsterdam zooms in on various members of an ordinary family over the...What the Family NeededFictionIn a series of intertwining chapters in What the Family Needed, Amsterdam zooms in on various members of an ordinary family over the...2013-03-19Riverhead Hardcover
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What the Family Needed

Genre: Fiction; Author: Steven Amsterdam; Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover

In a series of intertwining chapters in What the Family Needed, Amsterdam zooms in on various members of an ordinary family over the course of three decades. As the characters struggle in times of crisis or transition — a teenage daughter is uprooted by her parents’ divorce, a mother confronts the reality of her son’s mental illness — they discover a superhero power that helps them both self-preserve and be of use to one another. A father flies, a girl becomes invisible, a nurse hears her patients’ unspoken dying words. Somehow the novel feels at once magical and very normal, a wishful fantasy about the strength it can take to love one’s family members well. A

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