Amy Shearn

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Amy Shearn is the author of How Far Is the Ocean from Here. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota’s MFA program. Her work has appeared in The Millions, Poets & Writers, The L Magazine, Opium, and Five Chapters, and she writes for Oprah.com and RedbookMag.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. Visit her online at AmyShearnWrites.com.

Photograph by Adam Tetzloff

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The Mermaid of Brooklyn

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How a Pair of Shoes Saved One Woman’s Life

In this beautifully written novel, a young woman strives to pick up the pieces after her husband mysteriously leaves—and she finds strength from the unlikeliest of allies.

My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Why am I so tired?"

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Curiosity, creativity, and kindness.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Paris. I'd somehow be on a really cute bicycle, wearing a perfect scarf. And I'd magically know French.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "I Only Have Eyes for You" -The Flamingos; "California"-Joni Mitchell; "Only a Fool Breaks His Own Heart"-Norman Bergen; "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"-Neutral Milk Hotel; "Tonight You Belong to Me"-which I know from the Steve Martin movie The Jerk, I'm not kidding.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I feel so lucky to be living the life I lead. That said, I've been known to envy cats.

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