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Amy Shearn

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Amy Shearn is the author of the novels How Far Is the Ocean from Here and The Mermaid of Brooklyn.

The Adventures of Harper and Ollie in New York

Happy Holidays from my family to yours! Heres a movie we made with the kids over the summer (inspired by our obsessive Olive Us viewing and our love of NYC). Enjoy! And remember Harper and Ollies Motto for Life: When in doubt, eat a snack.

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Published on December 16, 2014 09:54
Average rating: 3.35 · 1,039 ratings · 211 reviews · 4 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Mermaid of Brooklyn

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“ had occurred to me that this whole having-children situation was essentially a process of unspooling. Once [my child] had been so close to me that her feet had gotten stuck in my ribs. We lived literally tethered. And then she was born and screamed if she wasn't being nursed or held. But with each day, she unspooled a little farther away--rolling over, eating food, sitting, walking, screaming, 'Go away, Mommy!'--the crimson thread connecting us unraveling more and more as she wandered out into the woods of the world.”
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message 11: by Bradley

Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

Dreamsbane of Tamalor by Bradley James Simpson

message 10: by Saleh

Saleh Hi.What We Talk About When We Talk About Love?PLZ Answer The Question In My Profile.

Andrea Kulman Have a very Merry Christmas!

message 8: by Roger

Roger Cottrell Hi Amy,
Always great to meet another writer and especially one who likes Balzac,
Take care,

Iimani David Hi Amy... Any events planned in the NYC area?

carrie She loves to give so many stars! It is pleasant but confusing.

Jeremy I want to apologize for the all the recommendations from me yesterday. I wanted to share the Stoker Award news, and I only pressed the send button once--I'm not sure what happened to create so many messages. Some weird glitch.

Argh...this is terrible...

Again, I'm very sorry.


Jeremy Here’s wishing you a nifty New Year filled with noiseless noses, neato nicknames, noble Nebraskans, gnarly narcoleptic nebulas, and novel novels about nut-eating narwhals and novercaphobic gnats.

-Jeremy :)

P.S.—I’m currently offering autographed/personally-inscribed copies of my novel, Vacation, with free shipping for those in the US. If there’s anything you could do to help me spread the word about this, I’d really appreciate it. Feel free to click here for details:

Jeremy Thanks for sharing, Amy! I love Mrs. Dalloway. Some of my favorites are 1984, Slaughterhouse-Five, A Clockwork Orange, and The God of Small Things.

Here’s wishing you a yippee-filled Yuletime overflowing with yard-long yams, yapping yoyo-yanking yetis, yak-milk yeast-cakes, and yellow yarn-yielding year-end yard-gnomes.

-Jeremy :)

message 2: by Amy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:11PM)

Amy I don't know! I guess I always say Mrs Dalloway and I think that's probably true.

More importantly: where are these fanciful festivities of which you speak? Phantom footstools? These are things I would like to encounter, but hardly ever do. Where can I find them?!

Why, what's your favorite novel?

message 1: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:07PM)

Jeremy Hi Amy!

If you don't mind sharing--I was wondering, what's your favorite novel of all time? Or novels?

Here’s wishing you a fantastic day filled with fabulous friendships, fanciful festivities, and frolicking phantom footstools.

-Jeremy :)

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