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A Family Sin: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Travis Hunter
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Karim Spencer, raised in the home of a bootlegger in a run-down neighborhood, has gone on to become a successful businessman with a tony home, a beautiful girlfriend, and a son. But memories of tragedy and betrayal have kept him entrenched in the past, as have the living reminders of his former life, including his down-on-her-luck sister, Nadiah; JaQuan, Nadiah’s thugged-out teenage son; and Karim’s older brother, Omar, serving a life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.

As emotions reach a boiling point, does Karim have what it takes to set JaQuan on a straight path, clear his brother of a bogus indictment without jeopardizing his own future, and hold together the family that he so desperately loves?

As Travis Hunter skillfully draws us in with strong, believable characters with endearing flaws and broken dreams, A Family Sin, full of riveting twists and turns of plot, unravels the mystery of a long-buried secret that threatens to tear a family apart.

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From Publishers Weekly

The clunky latest from Atlanta-based Hunter offers a look at black urban life complicated by a slew of conflicts. The novel centers on Karim, who has escaped family tragedy and the temptations of the street to become a successful Atlanta businessman. Now he sees his nephew JaQuan headed for trouble, but is hesitant to help him for fear of bringing danger to his family. He's also grappling with the burden of being the family's straight arrow, surrounded by a stripper sister, a grandmother who sells liquor on her back porch and a convict brother. Hunter plagues his characters with obstacles, but the resolutions are too pat (or, in one case involving Random House saving the day, too hokey) and the prose is little more than serviceable.
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About the Author

Travis Hunter, named Author of the Year in 2003 by readers of the Atlanta Daily World, is the author of Something to Die For, The Hearts of Men, Married but Still Looking, Trouble Man, and A One Woman Man. Hunter lives in Atlanta. Visit his website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 355 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345481682
  • Publisher: One World/Ballantine (January 16, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000WJVL3E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,142,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family is Family Through Thick and Thin September 24, 2007
A Family Sin by Travis Hunter is a book that explores the obligations that family members have for each other. Karim is a Financial Analyst with a live-in girlfriend and a son. He is doing everything he can to live a better life, but is constantly consumed with his family. His older brother, Omar, is in prison for life on a murder rap. His sister, Nadiah, is a beautiful girl who is always in love with the wrong man. She has one daughter she does not have custody of and a son, JaQuan on his way to trouble because he has anger issues about how he has been treated by the people in his life. Momma Mae is the grandmother who has taken care of her grandbabies, but has her own issues as the gun-toting, bootlegger in the hood.

I loved reading this book that is an old play on the biblical theme of 'the sins of the fathers always show up through the generations.' Mr. Hunter does a wonderful job of exploring family relationships, commitments and how so often parents are bound up in their own woes and are unable to help their children. Even with all the family sins and struggles it was beautiful to read how this family was always there for each other.

A Family Sin is recommended for all readers who enjoy a fast-paced, contemporary novel with a heartfelt message about how important family is. Great job Mr. Hunter.

Angelia Menchan
APOOO BookClub
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a Family affair November 14, 2007
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This is a great book! I gave it 4 stars b/c it was a little shorter than I expected. It was an awesome story though. Karim Spencer has a secret that is eating away at him.Sister Nadiah has made many mistakes with her life, especially with her 2 kids. Brother Omar is in prison for a crime he did not commit.Fiesty Grandmother Momma Mae tries to hold it all togther. This was a wonderful story of forgiveness, love and the power of family. Great job Travis!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Family Sin March 7, 2013
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Great read by Travis Hunter! I am and have been a longtime fan. Can't wait for his next novel it's sure to be another great work of art!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A FAMILY SIN December 8, 2009
The book was a good read. I thought Senior was a riot. He was a very funny dude in the book. I enjoy how the entire family finally grew up. The book could of been a little longer but thats fine. I really enjoyed "A Family Sin" Great job.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real life situation July 1, 2008
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When purchasing a Travis Hunter book, you should always be aware of what he will bring to the table. REAL LIFE! This book helps you put a lot of things into perspective and how you would handle real situations. Check this book out... you will not regret it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book Club Reading December 1, 2007
I purchased this book because one of my book club members chose it as our read for December 2007. I was not familiar with the author and this is not my favorite genre of book, but for what it is, it is a pretty good, quick read. Perfect for reading poolside or on a beach somewhere.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
I read this book as part of our bookclub selection for the month. Although the story was okay, it was also too predictable. I was hoping for a few twist and turns. Read more
Published on December 3, 2007 by Reading for pleasure
4.0 out of 5 stars A sin is a sin ( but you have to tell the true someday)
Karim Spencer is a business man that is successful with a loving girlfriend and son, but what they don't know he has a big secret thats he is keeping and he wants the true to be... Read more
Published on November 14, 2007 by Sharon Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Novel!!!!
Travis Hunter has done it again! You know before you purchase one of his books what you're getting. Get this book today! You won't be disappointed!
Published on November 13, 2007 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good storyteller
Victor is such a good storyteller. I loved this story, loved the characters and loved the ending. I am always waiting for his next book.
Published on October 22, 2007 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinder
This novel is a absolutely good book. It starts with Karim who seems to have all a beautiful girlfriend and great job and son Dominic. Read more
Published on October 4, 2007 by Rosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Pain
Karim Spencer is a successful financial advisor with a live-in girlfriend and young son. He is living the life that he always wanted until the demons of his past start to get the... Read more
Published on October 4, 2007 by Urban Reviews
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More About the Author

I was born Florence, South Carolina. I grew up playing football and basketball like most of the other kids around my way. I never thought I'd be an author. I always hated reading and God forbid writing. So being the smart woman that she is, my mother used reading as a form of punishment for me when I acted up. Little did I know she was planting a very important seed. One that would one day turn into a career. I decided to start writing because I couldn't find any good books with positive African American male leads. So I decided to take a leap of faith and wrote my first novel, The Hearts of Men. I self published THOM and after selling a little over six thousand copies in about two months, I was approached by Random House. They republished The Hearts of Men. After that, I was bitten by the writing bug and now I'm on a role. Married But Still Looking, Trouble Man, A One Woman Man, Something to Die For, A Family Sin, Dark Child and the latest, Momma's a Virgin. I have three young adult novels; Two The Hard Way, At the Cross Roads, On the Come Up and the forthcoming novel about bullies; The Last Laugh. My novels are all quick reads. I could kill lots of trees with pages and pages of fluff but I prefer to give you mostly the meat and potatoes of the story. Im very passionate about my non-profit THe Hearts of Men Foundation. ( Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy the work.


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