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Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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Jul 31, 2018 | 320 Pages
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“A beautifully rendered novel of an Escobar-era Colombian childhood…You don’t need to have grown up in Bogota to be taken in by Contreras’s simple but memorable prose and absorbing storyline…I can’t help wondering what novels about Colombia 25 years from now will have to say about this current period. I can only hope they’ll be as sensitive and thoughtful as this one.”
–THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

“One of the most dazzling and devastating novels I’ve read in a long time…An exquisitely intimate double portrait of two young women….Unforgettable…Readers of Fruit of the Drunken Tree will surely be transformed.”
–SAN FRANCSICO CHRONICLE
 
“Simultaneously propulsive and poetic, reminiscent of Isabel Allende…Fruit of the Drunken Tree offers a wake-up call for many. An eye-opening story of survival in a place history books and crime sagas (see: “Narcos”) would have us think we know better than we do…Listen to this new author’s voice — she has something powerful to say.”
–ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Original, politically daring, and passionately written–Fruit of the Drunken Tree is the coming-of-age female empowerment story we need in 2018.”
–VOGUE


“When women tell stories, they are finally at the center of the page. When women of color write history, we see the world as we have never seen it before. In Fruit of the Drunken Tree, Ingrid Rojas Contreras honors the lives of girls who witness war. Brava! I was swept up by this story.”
–SANDRA CISNEROS, author of THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET

“A coming of age story, an immigrant story, a thrilling mystery novel, thoroughly lived and felt—this is an exciting debut novel that showcases a writer already in full command of her powers.  Make room on your shelves for a writer whose impressive debut promises many more.”
–JULIA ALVAREZ, author of IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES and HOW THE GARCÍA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS

“Set against the backdrop of Pablo Escobar’s stranglehold on the fate of a nation, Fruit of the Drunken Tree is a spellbinding story of two girls whose realities collide and who are forced to make nearly unbearable choices in the name of survival. The thrum of mystery and danger haunts every page, and you won’t be able to look away until you turn the last one.”
–CRISTINA HENRÍQUEZ, author of THE BOOK OF UNKNOWN AMERICANS

“From its unforgettable opening image to its heartbreakingly perfect final line, Fruit of the Drunken Tree casts an irresistible spell, summoning us into the fierce, perilous world of two young girls in a nation on the brink. Ingrid Rojas Contreras’s lush language finds hidden beauty in even the ugliest pain. A stunning debut.”
–ROBIN WASSERMAN, author of GIRLS ON FIRE

This is storytelling as a heroic act, and Ingrid Rojas Contreras is a heroine that literature desperately needs—her every page feels born, urgent, and blazingly true.”
–AFFINITY KONAR, author of MISCHLING

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