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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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.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Why am I so tired?"

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

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

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

A. Curiosity, creativity, and kindness.

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

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

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Teaching writing. Although I admit I have an ill-advised running-a-bookstore fantasy.

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