Virtual Book Launch with Kim Fairley

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 7:00pm

This event will be hosted online. See event for details.


Join us in welcoming back Michigan author Kim Fairley for a virtual launch of her new book Swimming for My Life: A Memoir. For a signed and personalized copy of her book, be sure to preorder with us!


About the Book:

In 1970s Cincinnati, Kim's overwhelmed, financially stressed parents dragged her and her four younger siblings into swimming--starting with a nearby motel pool--as a way to keep them occupied and out of their way. When Kim was eleven, they began leaving the kids at home with a sitter while they traveled the Midwest, where they sold imported wooden ornaments from their motorhome. But when Kim's six-year-old brother crashed his new Cheater Slick bike and the babysitter deserted the children, what started as an accident became a pattern: Mom and Dad leaving for weeks at a time and the kids wrestling with life's emergencies on their own.


As Kim coped in the role of fill-in mother while dealing with the stresses of elite swimming, she struggled to shape her own life. She eventually found strength, competence and achievement through swimming--and became the second female swimmer to win a full ride to the University of Southern California, where she earned two national titles.

Swimming for My Life is a peek into the dark side of elite swimming as well as a tale of family bonds, reconciling with the past, and how it is possible to emerge from life's toxic and lifesaving waters.


About the Author:
Kim Fairley writes about her May-December marriage, wrestling with secrets, and healing from grief and trauma. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, attended the University of Southern California, and holds an MFA in mixed media from the University of Michigan. She has written two other books, Shooting out the Light: A Memior and Boreal Ties: Photographs and Two Diaries of the 1901 Peary Relief Expedition. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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ISBN: 9781647422554
Availability: Coming Soon - Preorder Now
Published: She Writes Press - October 11th, 2022