A Damaged Girl (Paperback)

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A Damaged Girl tells the stories of a woman struggling to overcome a horrible past and take control of her future. With the help of her brother, they settle all past scores—but will her quest for revenge jeopardize her future?

Essence® bestselling author Travis Hunter tells the story of a young woman who takes control of her own destiny after lifelong abuse.

Zola Zaire never had a chance to choose her man. Raped at fourteen, her mother threw her out at sixteen, and she was forced to live with a man three times her age. Abuse was all she’d known, and she has gotten comfortable as a bottom dweller—until her son is taken from her. That’s when she decides to become the predator instead of the prey.

About the Author

Travis Hunter is an author, screenwriter, director, and public speaker. His first novel, The Hearts of Men, was originally published in 2000 by Hunter’s own company, Jimrose Publishing House. During the 2000 Book Expo America in Chicago, Hunter received an offer from Random House for the re-release of The Hearts of Men. And so began a successful evolution of published adult novels: Married but Still Looking, Trouble Man, A One Woman Man, Something to Die For, A Family Sin, Dark Child, and Momma’s a Virgin. Inspired by his work with teens as the founder of The Hearts of Men Foundation, Hunter created a young adult series: Two the Hard Way, At the Crossroads, and On the Come Up which were published by Kensington Publishing Group.

Hunter is a native of Florence, South Carolina and resides in an Atlanta suburb. He is a veteran of the United States Army and graduate of Georgia State University where he majored in Film and Video and minored in Psychology. Always an avid reader, Hunter parlayed his passion for the written word into a career as an author, playwright, and filmmaker. He has produced 11 published novels, an Off-Broadway stage play for the adaptation of his novel Married but Still Looking, and a short film which he wrote and directed based on his novel Dark Child.

Praise For…

Praise for Travis Hunter

“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.”—Publishers Weekly on The Hearts of Men

“Despite its title, Married but Still Looking is about the sanctity of marriage, accepting responsibility for one’s actions and understanding the consequences of bad choices.” —The Dallas Morning News on Married But Still Looking

“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.”—Upscale magazine on The Hearts of Men

“[A] true-to-life debut novel . . . [Hunter’s] landscape of characters and their quandaries are sho’nuff true to life.”—Black Issues Book Review on The Hearts of Men

“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 on The Hearts of Men

Product Details
ISBN: 9781645565116
ISBN-10: 1645565114
Publisher: Urban Renaissance
Publication Date: June 27th, 2023
Pages: 224
Language: English