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Priest is the eldest Dupree sibling. Since their mother's drug overdose and brother Antoine's death, he has been a surrogate father to his sister, Carmen, and his brother, Dallas. His mysterious career change from policeman to drug dealer has left those closest to him distant and disappointed. Carmen is an Atlanta physician happily married, after a six-month courtship, to Sterling LaCour. In spite of her marital bliss, Priest does not trust Sterling and investigates his past. The turmoil in Carmen's life is exacerbated when her niece comes to live with her. Little brother Dallas is a well-regarded schoolteacher and successful real estate investor raising a daughter after his fiancee's death. When he is arrested based on a false accusation, the family rallies to his defense. As Carmen and Dallas experience jolts to their middle-class lives, they are desperate to rely on their brother for intervention and counsel. Happily, they learn that there is so much more to their older brother than he has shared with them. Another good Hunter novel about family love and sibling respect. Lillian Lewis
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“For the past three years I’ve hosted Travis’s first event to kick off his book tour and bring together more than 100 readers to hear Travis talk about his latest novel. What can I say about Travis? He’s charming, funny and makes everyone in that room feel important. He is also a favorite author at our annual African American Book Club Summit, a weeklong cruise during which book clubs and readers meet their favorite authors and discuss books. Any book club would be fortunate to read a Travis Hunter novel (I can’t pick a favorite!) and meet him.” — Mary J. Jones, PageTurner.net, Houston, TX

“We had the honor and pleasure to host [Travis Hunter’s] signing at Zhara's when he visited L.A. this past summer and we are still talking about how charismatic and down to earth he was. We've hosted other authors, some with larger names and more books sales, but I can truly say no one compared to Travis.” --Gayle Boise, California Dreamers, Los Angeles, CA

"Travis writes the stuff that men want to read. He participated in our book club discussion over the phone and it was one of the liveliest we've had in a while. We've read all of Travis's books and they mirror our lives --our ups and downs, the good and the bad." -Johnnie Mosley, Renaissance Men, Memphis, TN

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Product Details

  • Series: Strivers Row
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: One World/Ballantine (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081296652X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812966527
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,043,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. (www.theheartsofmen.org) Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy the work.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Anderson on September 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read this book quickly, and had to force myself to put it down at night so I could get some sleep. This book is awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Travis Hunter has this way of writing that makes you really feel the characters, you will like some, dislike others, and you may find yourself talking to the pages like I was. There are some parts of this book that have touches of humor that will make you laugh out loud.

The story centers around three siblings. Dallas the handsome single father getting over the heartbreak of losing the one woman he really loved. He is a teacher, and gives his students the utmost attention, and is revered in his community. When he decides to go back into the dating scene, one night of going out will turn into a life changing drama.

His sister Carmen is a physician married to a low life. Problem is she is not aware of the problems her husband is brining to their life, and her world will be turned upside down when some information about her husband comes to light. She will be forced to make one of the most difficult decisions in her life.

Priest is the oldest, and he is the bad seed of the family. He is a former cop who is now doing exactly the very thing he was locking other people for. Selling drugs. Even though Dallas and Carmen do not agree with Priest choices, he is the very person they will have to turn to when their life troubles come to light.

Kameka is one of the characters that had me talking to the pages. She is a 16 year old who is not getting the love and attention from her mother, and she is making some choices that will have you screaming "Kameka nooooooooo". I wanted to craw through the pages to slap Kameka's mother. She was just sorry, sorry, and more sorry. All she did was sleep.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Barrow on June 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in 4 hours! I think this may be (because I'm still partial to the Hearts of Men) Mr. Hunter's finest work yet!
His books carry such positive messages. This one proves that things are not always as bad as they seem. Spread the word! We need more writers like Mr. Hunter! These book could easily be considered as inspirational fiction. If you haven't read them, you owe it to yourself to do it. (The Hearts of Men, Married but Still Looking, Trouble Man, and now One Woman Man) Wonderful books!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicole E. on December 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
For our new book club, we wanted our first book selection to set the right tone. We wanted to read about strong, positive black men that we all knew existed and Mr. Hunter's book did just that. He shows thru Dallas and other characters that good men do exist. The book brings the characters to life so much, that when it ends, you feel the need to know more. You feel as if these are friends in your life and you actually care what happens to them. Not only did the book bring out many points affecting our book club members every day life, but it opened up very deep personal discussions. This is my third novel that I've read written by Mr. Hunter and each one were just as good as the last.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kendra N. Bellamy on June 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What can I say? Travis Hunter has proved his worth once again with his newest release. I'm quick to admit that Mr. Hunter is quite possibly my favorite male fiction author, so I'm never surprised by my enjoyment of his work. But just when I thought I'd read his best writing in "Trouble Man", he introduces me to Dallas Dupree in "A One Woman Man". This story is captivating, well-written and it took me on the ride of my life. And then, just when I thought I had the story all figured out - a bomb was dropped that totally took me by surprise and brought the story full-circle. "A One Woman Man" is most definitely in the top five reads for me this year. This is Travis' best work....at least until next time.
Kendra Norman-Bellamy, author of
"For Love And Grace" and "A Love So Strong"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on June 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Travis Hunter is back with his latest literary endeavor, A ONE WOMAN MAN. This is the story of three siblings: Dallas, Carmen and Priest Dupree. One by one, each of the siblings come face to face with trials and tribulations that will make or break them if they are not handled properly.

Dallas, an inner-city teacher and a single father, has made it his mission to save as many young people as possible from the streets. Determined to move on with his life after the death of his fiancée, Dallas jumps blindly back into the dating scene. One of the choices he makes will have serious repercussions that will affect the lives of everyone around him.

Carmen, a physician, believes she has the perfect marriage. Her world is basically perfect until some disturbing information regarding her husband comes to light and she is forced to make one of the hardest decisions of her life.

Priest, the oldest of the three, is a former cop who has let the lure of the streets turn him into exactly the type of person he has sent to jail. Although his family doesn't agree with Priest's lifestyle, he is the first person they call at any sign of trouble.

A ONE WOMAN MAN is an engrossing read with twists and turns that kept me anxiously flipping the pages, eager to find out what was going to happen next. Through both the primary and secondary cast of characters and their dilemmas, Hunter has done an excellent job depicting serious familial issues, and also portraying the age-old adage that things are not always as they seem. I don't know why, but this was my first Travis Hunter novel, but it definitely won't be my last. He is definitely an author to look out for.

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