Based on her inspiring, viral 2018 commencement speech to Barnard College’s graduates in New York City, New York Times bestselling author, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach delivers her empowering rally cry for women to unleash their individual power, unite with their pack, and emerge victorious together.
Forward A Memoir
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. At age seven she was put on the boys’ soccer team. At age thirty-five she would become the highest goal scorer—male or female—in the history of soccer, capturing the nation’s heart with her team’s 2015 World Cup Championship. Called an inspiration and “badass” by President Obama, Abby has become a fierce advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world.
As she reveals in this searching memoir, Abby’s professional success often masked her inner struggle to reconcile the various parts of herself: ferocious competitor, daughter, leader, wife. With stunning candor, Abby shares her inspiring and often brutal journey from girl in Rochester, New York, to world-class athlete. Far more than a sports memoir, Forward is gripping tale of resilience and redemption—and a reminder that heroism is, above all, about embracing life’s challenges with fearlessness and heart.
“Lucid and wrenching…Forward puts [Wambach’s] achievement in context with painful and beautiful candor.”
“Forward is the powerful story of an athlete who has inspired girls all over the world to believe in themselves.”
“This is the best memoir I’ve read by an athlete since Andre Agassi’s Open.”
“Brave and revealing…more than any athlete I have read about, Wambach is open about the touches and glances and courtships and breakups in her private life.”
“Abby Wambach is an American hero whose grit and heart has paved the way for the next generation of women and girls.”
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon