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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.

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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

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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’s your greatest flaw?

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

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. It's a tie between Virginia Woolf's adventurous, freaky-deaky Orlando and Louisa May Alcott's bookish Jo.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Joan of Arc. JK, more like, Erma Bombeck?

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

A. Curiosity, creativity, and kindness.

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