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Amy Shearn

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in Evanston, IL



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June 2007


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

Average rating: 3.43 · 1,199 ratings · 257 reviews · 4 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Mermaid of Brooklyn

3.35 avg rating — 867 ratings — published 2013 — 11 editions
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How Far Is the Ocean from Here

3.35 avg rating — 206 ratings — published 2008 — 4 editions
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Unseen City

4.07 avg rating — 126 ratings — published 2020 — 6 editions
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3.68 avg rating — 125 ratings — published 2006 — 8 editions
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Amy and 3 other people liked Ellen's review of Unseen City:
Unseen City by Amy Shearn
"I loved this book. In Unseen City, Shearn expertly weaves two stories, one contemporary and one historical, into a satisfying tapestry. She uses historical material beautifully, to both reveal the past and to illuminate the present. Her characters, b" Read more of this review »
Amy and 2 other people liked Rachel's review of Unseen City:
Unseen City by Amy Shearn
"Unseen City by Amy Shearn is an excellent, witty, thought-provoking novel that richly depicts individuals' stories, lives, and experiences in and around Brooklyn. It was a pleasure being able to peek inside the experiences, thoughts, hopes, desires, " Read more of this review »
Amy and 3 other people liked Natalka Burian's review of Unseen City:
Unseen City by Amy Shearn
"Loved this book! A gorgeously written love letter to New York City and all of the pasts that haunt it. I couldn't put it down."
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“You have to live your story before being able to write your story.”
Amy Shearn

“ 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.”
Amy Shearn, The Mermaid of Brooklyn

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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 10:11PM)

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 10:07PM)

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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