“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 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. Download and start listening now!