What The Family Needed (2013) In a series of intertwining chapters in What the Family Needed , Amsterdam zooms in on various members of an ordinary family over the course… 2013-03-21 Fiction Riverhead Hardcover
Book Review

What The Family Needed (2013)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Mar 21, 2013; Writer: Steven Amsterdam; Genre: Fiction; 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

Originally posted Mar 13, 2013 Published in issue #1251 Mar 22, 2013 Order article reprints