About The Mermaid of Brooklyn
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (April 2, 2013)
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. . .
“Shearn’s narrative is delightfully manic and extremely witty.…The author possesses a gift for infusing a mundane situation (an abandoned housewife) with the implausible (a mermaid) and building a story that many readers will find intuitive, clever and, on many levels, perfectly believable.” (Kirkus Reviews )
“A fierce and vivacious book about motherhood, astounding in its honesty, fearless in its humor, and exploding with love.” (Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette )
“I absolutely loved this inventive, smartly written tale of astruggling single mother who finds herself seeing her life through new eyes–those of a lusty, fearless and frequently wise mermaid eager to take on all the world has to offer. Insightful and engaging.” (Jill Smolinski, author of Objects of My Affection and The Next Thing on My List )
“I love it. But I’m making slow progress because I only get to read in my secret private clubhouse… I can’t tell you where it is, but when I’m there I’m surrounded by porcelain.” (Luisa, mother of a toddler and a newborn)
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 Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, 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.
Amy Shearn’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, April 8th: Bookchickdi
Wednesday, April 10th: A Bookish Affair
Thursday, April 11th: Literate Housewife
Friday, April 12th: Books on the Brain – Friday First Lines guest post
Wednesday, April 17th: BookNAround
Thursday, April 18th: The Five Borough Book Review
Monday, April 22nd: 5 Minutes for Books
Monday, April 22nd: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Tuesday, April 23rd: Good Girl Gone Redneck
Wednesday, April 24th: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, April 25th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Monday, April 29th: the smitten word
Tuesday, April 30th: girlichef
Wednesday, May 1st: Books a la Mode – guest post/giveaway
TBD: Starting Fresh