A Memoir of Hope

  • By: Hope Solo, with Ann Killion
  • Runtime: 10.3 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 2.12.2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • 10.30 hrs2/12/2013Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9780062269065

A New York Times Bestseller

“My family doesn’t do happy endings. We do sad endings or frustrating endings or no endings at all. We are hardwired to expect the next interruption or disappearance or broken promise.”

Hope Solo is the face of the modern female athlete. She is fearless, outspoken, and the best in the world at what she does: protecting the goal of the US women’s soccer team. Her outsized talent has led her to the pinnacle of her sport—the Olympics and the World Cup—and made her into an international celebrity who is just as likely to appear on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars as she is on the covers of Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, and Vogue. But her journey—which began in Richland, Washington, where she was raised by her strong-willed mother on the scorched earth of defunct nuclear testing sites—is similarly haunted by the fallout of her family history. Her father, a philanderer and con man, was convicted of embezzlement when Solo was an infant. She lost touch with him as he drifted out of prison and into homelessness. By the time they reunited, years later, in the parking lot of a grocery store, she was an all-American goalkeeper at the University of Washington and already a budding prospect for the US national team; he was living in the woods.

Despite harboring serious doubts even about the provenance of her father’s last name (and her own), Solo embraces him as fiercely as she pursues her dreams of being a world-class soccer player. When those dreams are threatened by her standing within the national team, as when she was famously benched in the semifinals of the 2007 World Cup after four shutouts and spoke her piece publicly, we see a woman of uncompromising independence and hard-won perseverance navigate the petty backlash against her. For the first time, she tells her version of that controversial episode and offers with it a full understanding of her hard-scrabble life.

Moving and sometimes shocking, Solo is a portrait of an athlete finding redemption. This is the Hope Solo few have ever glimpsed. 

Editorial Reviews

“Featured twice on the cover of Sports Illustrated and a TV regular, Solo may have made her name as the independent-minded goalkeeper for the US women’s national soccer team, but she’s much more.”

Library Journal

“[An] unflinching account…through heartache, setbacks, and career-threatening injuries, Solo demonstrates not only a fierce determination to overcome, but also the grace of a true champion…A readable, inspiring memoir about staying true to dreams and principles in a world that too often forces personal compromise.”

Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Hope Solo, one of the most charismatic athletes in America, is widely regarded as the best women’s goalkeeper in the world. An Olympic gold medalist, she has been a member of the US national soccer team since 2000 and has appeared on the covers of Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine. At the 2011 World Cup, FIFA awarded her the Adidas Golden Glove as the tournament’s top goalkeeper. A prominent spokeswoman for Gatorade and Nike, she also has starred on the hit reality show Dancing with the Stars. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Reader Biography

Christina Delaine has trod many boards, including the ones at the Public Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Actors Theater of Louisville, Ensemble Studio Theater, and Peterborough Players. Her favorite gigs include Jewtopia and the title role in Antigone at both Portland Center Stage and the Kentucky Repertory Theater. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MFA in acting from Brown University.

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