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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

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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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. 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.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. An athletic ability. I'd take any of them.

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

A. Curiosity, creativity, and kindness.

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