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 and She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. Visit her online at

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Books by this Author

The Mermaid of Brooklyn


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

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Why am I so tired?"

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to say my mother, and while that is true, I also think Michelle Obama seems extremely rad.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

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

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.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

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


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