Amy Shearn, author of The Mermaid of Brooklyn, on tour April/May 2013

Posted By on March 18, 2013

Mermaid of Brooklyn final coverAbout The Mermaid of Brooklyn

Paperback: 368 pages

Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (April 2, 2013)


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)

For more info on The Mermaid of Brooklyn and to view the trailer, visit the author’s website at or the book’s Pinterest board.

headshot copyAbout Amy Shearn

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 & WritersThe L Magazine, Opium, and Five Chapters, and she writes for and She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

Connect with Amy at her website, Facebook or Twitter @amyshearn.

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


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