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

Books by this Author

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 is your biggest pet peeve?

A. When people fast-walk right behind you. Pass! Just pass!

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Coffee. Because then you don't even need food.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I made two people and they occasionally say "please" and "thank you."

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. My pathological dread of having anyone, anywhere be mad at me.

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