Filmmaker / Author / Sports Writer
"Maybe it's the unique people. Maybe the old-fashioned bucolic setting or the nostalgia it brings—he'll never be sure. But it's there he knows that his family truly became close. Of course, their end there was tragic, yet he knows those years were something else. Those years were the best of their lives."
—Michael Dault, The Sons of Summer
Michael was born in the state of Virginia and raised in the beauty of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. After a short stint in professional baseball, he began his media career working for television and radio stations. Later, he transitioned into online and print sports journalism. In 2006, he founded his own film and television production company TipToe Productions, which he presently owns and operates. This has led to collaborating on award-winning projects and various producing, directing, screenwriting, and acting roles.
The Sons of Summer was his debut novel.
The Dalton family moves to the mining town of Rupland, where baseball is that of a religion. The surrounding counties help make up the storied Summer League, where the best baseball in the country is played. In Rupland, little boys dream of donning the orange and black of their idols, the Rupland Hawks. Jack the leader, Johnny the rebel, and Joe the student, are sons of a tormented Vietnam veteran who pushes them towards a better future. Together they battle through Rupland's and their own hardships of death, decline, and war that tears them apart.
The Dalton boys follow different paths in life that change the course of their family, friends, and town forever. The Sons of Summer tells the story of family, baseball, and the American dream's glory and demise in this last gasp of a small town.
In the name of the father, the son, and the great game...
THE SONS OF SUMMER - BOOK REVIEWS
"A true classic that rings true to middle America."
"I'm a baseball nut and this book took me back. This book touched home for me."
"The dynamics of family relationships, social and economic realities, and ways baseball provides meaning for this family and community make this a story to stir us and lead us to reflect on the grand old game and life itself."
Donald Sutherland, ACTOR
Jamie Shoemaker, CEO & FOUNDER OF THROUGH THE FENCE BASEBALL
"It sings of cleat scraping, chaw and sunflower seed spitting. Games don’t rain out unless lightning strikes; but lightning does strike metaphorically."