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

Photograph by Adam Tetzloff

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. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I feel I would do well as an eccentric heiress.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would love to be invited to a party at Bloomsbury, discuss writing and art with Virginia Woolf, and then have her lean over and whisper "YOU REALLY GET IT." And then we'd all have tea.

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

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

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