Kim Fairley was twenty-four when she fell in love with and married a man who was fifty-six. Something about Vern–his quirkiness, his humor, his devilish smile–made her feel an immediate connection with him. She quickly became pregnant, but instead of the idyllic interlude she’d imagined as she settled into married life and planned for their family, their love was soon tested by the ghosts of Vern’s past–a town, a house, a family, a memory.
Shooting Out the Lights is a May-December love story that explores the ongoing, wrenching aftermath of gun violence and the healing that comes with confronting the past.
To be honest I bought this book because Vernon Fairley was a friend of my Grandfather’s and when I was a baby I lived on a farm that Vernon owned. I had no idea what it was about or how it would make me feel.
What I found was quite different from what I’d expected. I can’t honestly say whether I like or dislike the story, but I won’t ever forget it.