It is a love letter of sorts, but without the syrup and sap. And the tears. What separates it from the well-worn genre of fathers and offspring bonding is gender.
As much a meditation on fathering girls as it is on sports, Strauss puts neither girl on a pedestal; turning phrases about life in "a land of $25 T-shirts and $28 shorts" that leave readers longing for overtime. --New Jersey Monthly
"Daddy's Little Goalie" breaks the mold...delightful, a breeze to read, and filled with the kind of love that will have you crying and laughing. --Buzz Bissinger, author of "Friday Night Lights" and "Three Nights in August"
He tells the bittersweet story of his girls' athletic exploits with style, sympathy and what you need when your kids hit the field -- a sense of humor. --Ben Yagoda, author of "Memoir: A History" and "About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made"
Strauss may have been the worst hockey player at Carleton College, but in "Daddy's Little Goalie" he proves he is a world-class father and storyteller. --Ray Didinger, member of the National Football Hall of Fame writers' wing
About the Author
Robert Strauss is the proud father of two daughters who play sports. He has been a staffer at Sports Illustrated
and has written extensively for the New York Times
. He is an adjunct professor of writing in the English department at the University of Pennsylvania; he also managed to play, just barely, Division III freshman basketball and rugby at Carleton College. He lives with his wife, Susan, and daughters, Ella and Sylvia, in Haddonfield, New Jersey.