The Mermaid of Brooklyn by Amy Shearn
A Novel

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Fans of acerbic humor should enjoy Mermaid of Brooklyn.
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Hailed by The Washington Post as “tantalizing” and “mesmerizing,” The Mermaid of Brooklyn is a whip-smart, heartfelt exploration of what happens when modern day motherhood meets with a little touch of magic.

Sometimes all you need in life is a fabulous pair of shoes—and a little help from a mermaid

Formerly an up-and-coming magazine editor, Jenny Lipkin is now your average, stretched-too-thin Brooklyn mom, tackling the challenges of raising two children in a cramped Park Slope walk-up. All she really wants is to survive the sweltering New York summer with a shred of sanity intact. But when her husband, Harry, vanishes one evening, Jenny reaches her breaking point. And in a moment of despair, a split-second decision changes her life forever.

Pulled from the brink by an unexpected ally, Jenny is forced to rethink her ideas about success, motherhood, romance, and relationships. But confronting her inner demons is no easy task…

About 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
Published April 2, 2013 by Touchstone. 370 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by Rhetta Akamatsu on Jul 29 2013

Ultimately, the mermaid adds humor and interest to the book but it is the realism of Shearn’s writing about the New York neighborhood where Jenny lives and her children and her neighbors and friends that make this book so hard to put down.

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Reviewed by Autumn Markus on Apr 02 2013

Fans of acerbic humor should enjoy Mermaid of Brooklyn.

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