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In this beautifully written novel that blends the whimsy of The Time Traveler’s Wife with an indelible portrait of motherhood, a young woman strives to pick up the pieces after her husband mysteriously leaves—and she finds strength from the unlikeliest of allies.

Jenny Lipkin is an average, stretched-too-thin Brooklyn mom tackling the challenges of raising two children in a cramped Park Slope walk-up and bonding with the other moms about breast-feeding while spending endless hours in Prospect Park. All she really wants is to survive the sweltering New York summer with a shred of sanity intact. But when her husband Harry, a compulsive gambler, vanishes one evening without a word, Jenny finally reaches her breaking point. In a moment of despair, a split-second decision changes her life forever.

Pulled from the brink by an unexpected—and as it turns out, sometimes annoying—supernatural ally, Jenny is forced to rethink her ideas about success, motherhood, romance, and relationships. Confronting her inner demons—of both the mermaid and nonmermaid variety—is no easy task, and eventually Jenny has to come to terms with who she truly is, for better or worse.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fierce and vivacious book about motherhood, astounding in its honesty, fearless in its humor, and exploding with love.”

    Maria Semple, New York Times bestselling author

  • “As Jenny reinvents herself in the face of her family’s crisis, Shearn takes readers on an emotional journey through the social milieu of Brooklyn, where the setting itself rounds out the colorful cast of characters…A heartfelt and authentic tribute to motherhood that will resonate with contemporary moms.”

    Booklist

  • “An absorbing, energetically offbeat novel that merits attention.”

    Kansas City Star

  • “Shearn is gifted, crafting quirky and charming prose, as well as a protagonist who’s articulately and believably ambivalent about motherhood.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “I absolutely loved this inventive, smartly written tale of a struggling 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

  • “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

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About the Author

Amy Shearn is the author of How Far Is the Ocean from Here. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and of the University of Minnesota’s MFA program. Her work has appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Real SimpleMillions, Poets & Writers, L Magazine, Opiumand Five Chapters, and she writes for Oprah.com and RedbookMag.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children