The Hearts of Men
By Travis Hunter
(One World/Ballantine, Mass Market Paperback, 9780345494818, 304pp.)
Publication Date: September 26, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Tall, dark, and handsome, Prodigy Banks was once a playboy. Now he’s a man any mother would be proud to call her son, and when he meets Nina, the mother of the young boy he mentors, it seems that life is going to get even better. But when his past threatens his newfound respectability, Prodigy has to act fast to protect his new relationship.
Bernard Charles is haunted by childhood memories of abandonment and poverty. His workaholic ways frustrate his wife, Diane, and leave her vulnerable to another man’s advances. After her betrayal, will Bernard move on or move out?
Winston “Poppa Doc” Fuller has a fix for what’s ailing the younger generation. Married for more than forty years to his beloved Ethel, Winston brings healing to everyone he touches. Yet despite his best efforts, he hasn’t been able to reach his own thirty-three-year-old son—a situation that soon requires urgent resolution, because as Poppa Doc tells his son: “I love you, but I’m not proud of you. Make me proud of you before I leave this earth.”
In his marvelous debut novel, Travis Hunter has crafted a tale that is funny, sexy, and touching—revealing what it truly means to have the heart of a man.
Travis Hunter is an author, songwriter, and motivational speaker. He lives in an Atlanta suburb with his son, Rashaad. He is the founder of The Hearts of Men Foundation, through which he mentors underprivileged children. He is currently working on his second novel, Married but Still Looking.
“Entertaining yet enlightening . . . Travis Hunter holds the reader hostage in his thought-provoking debut. Be prepared to laugh and cry as you examine The Hearts of Men.”
—E. LYNN HARRIS
“Travis Hunter takes us into the lives, the thoughts, and straight into the hearts of men. His work reflects the voice that is often missing—the voice of a brother who loves, listens, and tells his own truth.”
Author of Jim and Louella’s Homemade Heart-Fix Remedy
“INSIGHTFUL, SENSITIVE AND IMPRESSIVELY REAL . . . The Hearts of Men has wonderful surprises for readers.”
“[A] REVEALING LOOK INTO THE MALE PSYCHE.”
—Today’s Black Woman
“A BOOK I’LL SHARE WITH MY SONS FOR YEARS TO COME.”
Author of the Essence bestseller Baby Momma Drama
“The Hearts of Men is a thought-provoking book that explores the lives of three different men who, despite all of their differences, are easy to identify and understand.”
“[A] true-to-life debut novel . . . [Hunter’s] landscape of characters and their quandaries are sho’nuff true to life.”
—Black Issues Book Review
“Inspiring, entertaining . . . Hunter is a fresh new talent. . . . The Hearts of Men gives us a glimpse into the mysterious void where black men hide their expectations, inspirations, disappointments and dreams.”
—St. Louis American
“Hunter’s agenda is the strength of this book; even cynical readers may be won over by his . . . positive message and push for African-American communities built on respect and love.”