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 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Curiosity, creativity, and kindness.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Something bad or even vaguely unpleasant happening to my kids.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I can fall sleep in absolutely any situation. (#humblebrag)

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

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

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