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 do you regret most?

A. I once refused to try baby squid served in its own ink, on the grounds of being a vegetarian. I still think it sounds horrifying, but I was at a family dinner in the Basque country in Spain, and I mean, you know. YOLO.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Whenever people meet me for the first time they say, "I didn't think you'd be so short!"

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A sunny morning with my family in our secret picnic spot in the park. Followed by both children spontaneously napping at the same time, leaving me to an armchair, a cup of coffee, and a good book.

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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