Readers’ Favorite Award: Honorable Mention
Millions of people watched sportscaster George Michael each week on the Sports Machine, including his daughter Cindi. Cindi Michael appears to live a charmed life: she’s happily married, has a successful career, and is a loving mom to two wonderful children. Yet she longs for a father who hasn’t spoken to her in twenty years, and even secretly watches him on TV when the longing becomes unbearable.
When Cindi was eleven, her father fought for sole custody of her and her siblings, raising three children on his own despite being a bachelor and rock ’n’ roll DJ in New York in the 1970s. But with his rising fame as the host of the popular show Sports Machine, his 80-hour-a-week work schedule, and his second marriage, the close relationship Cindi shared with her father began to crack; she did everything to earn his love and attention, but for perfectionist George, it was never enough—and when she was eighteen and a freshman in college, in a burst of anger he told her never to come home again. As the years went on, Cindi struggled to steel her heart while still remaining hopeful that they would one day reconcile, just as her father did with his own dad, and transcend painful family patterns that span generations. Candid, moving, and ultimately hopeful, The Sportscaster’s Daughter is a family story of forgiveness, faith, and strength.
Related collections and offers
|Publisher:||She Writes Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Digging for Baby Clams 1
Chapter 2 Through the Windshield 12
Chapter 3 Whispers in the Night 18
Chapter 4 Worlds Apart 25
Chapter 5 Escape 42
Chapter 6 Our Golden Years 48
Chapter 7 A Perfect Bride 62
Chapter 8 The Family Reunion 67
Chapter 9 The Richest Christmas 72
Chapter 10 The Sportscaster's Daughter 86
Chapter 11 First Love 97
Chapter 12 A Fall from Grace 111
Chapter 13 My Fight to Survive 135
Chapter 14 Broken Hearts 144
Chapter 15 Dying 158
Chapter 16 Tip Toeing Perfectly 172
Chapter 17 Spilt Sugar 191
Chapter 18 Engaged 201
Chapter 19 Fairy Tales 206
Chapter 20 Dumb Foreigner 212
Chapter 21 Breaking Up and Out 220
Chapter 22 Love, Finally 234
Chapter 23 Repeating the Cycle 243
Chapter 24 The Letter 251
Chapter 25 Going Home 264
Chapter 26 Christmas Eve 271
Chapter 27 A Journey 280
Chapter 28 Letting Go 289
About the Author 298
Reading Group Questions 299
-Leverage Cindi Michael’s father (George Michael) and his status as a public figure in the sports industry.
-Reach out to national media and the many outlets who worked with George Michael and regional media in their hometown of New York City and the many places Cindi moved to: Maryland, Switzerland, Texas, Michigan, and New Jersey.
-Utilize sports, women, and family interest media to cover the variety of topics throughout the memoir.