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A Memoir by Kim Fairley

“You were a preservationist, and I needed preserving,” Fairley's husband liked to joke.  He was thirty-two years older and struggling to cope with the tragic death of his son, Ben, who was fourteen.

Fairley writes about the impact of her husband's grief in Shooting Out the Lights, a May-December love story that explores the ongoing, wrenching aftermath of gun violence and the healing that comes with confronting the past.

Booklife, by Publishers Weekly,  Interview with Kim

"I think that all readers may connect to moments in their lives in which they have been pushed beyond their limits, have had to say 'enough is enough,' and have discovered in the process that, though it may not be immediate, there is a payoff for drawing that line." 

". . . the author’s writing is evocative, and her story is both unique and intriguing. . . difficult to put down.

A captivating family account that delivers compelling, acutely observant writing."

--Kirkus Reviews

"Shooting Out the Lights is an exquisite memoir that analyzes what brought a couple together to face loss and their shattered hopes with enduring love."

--Foreword Reviews


Kim Fairley is an artist and memoirist based in Michigan who writes about wrestling with secrets and the power of dealing with trauma. Her next memoir chronicles her experience as a competitive swimmer during the early years of Title IX.

She has written two books: Shooting Out the Lights: A Memoir and Boreal Ties: Photographs and Two Diaries of the 1901 Peary Relief Expedition.

She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in mixed media from the University of Michigan.


See Kim Fairley's recent interview in Authority Magazine