Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

In the vein of Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a mesmerizing debut set against the backdrop of the devastating violence of 1990's Colombia about a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them bothThe Santiago family lives in a gated community in Bogotá, safe from the political upheaval terrorizing the country. Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree li...

Details Fruit of the Drunken Tree

TitleFruit of the Drunken Tree
Release DateJul 31st, 2018
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Fruit of the Drunken Tree

  • Dorie
    First of all I think I’m in love with the cover of this book, what gorgeous color and pop this cover has! However the seeds from the “Drunken Tree” were used in making a very dangerous drug called “burundanga” used by many criminals in Bogota. “Victims who reported being drugged with burundanga woke up with no memory of sometimes assisting in the looting of their own apartments and bank accounts, opening their wallets and handing over...
  • Patrice Hoffman
    Wow! What an incredibly moving and touching story. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras delivers a vivid, profoundly engrossing coming of age story that is told through two young girls who couldn't be more different, yet, they share a connection that is unheard of given the circumstancesFruit of the Drunken Tree begins with the primary narrator, Chula, studying a photo of a young girl she once knew in Bogota. Chula and her family l...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:"Mamá said Papá had to work far away because there were no jobs in Bogotá, but all I knew was sometimes we told Papá about things, and sometimes we didn’t."The Santiago’s lives behind a gated community may as well be a different world entirely from where their new, thirteen year old maid Petrona comes from. Despite their differences, or perhaps because of them, Chula is drawn into a frien...
  • Ella
    When I was young, I was frequently chastised for being "too sensitive." I wasn't a wimpy sort of kid; I just felt everything -- deeply. If I was happy, I was practically delirious. When I really felt something, I was frequently accused of being melodramatic. I truly was not trying to get attention. I was just a little different from my very tightly-wound family. I projected thoughts and feelings onto everything from animals to bedsheets. I rememb...
  • Tiffany PSquared
    "Mamá always said -- the life she knew was a last-minute tsunami that could sweep away fathers, money, good, and children."Chula and her family live in Bogatá in a nice home with all the standard comforts. Just a few miles away, their young housekeeper, Petrona, lives in a makeshift hut in the hills with the remnants of her large family and no comforts. But the thing that connects them all is the violence of the time and place in which they liv...
  • Kelsey
    Set in Bogota, Colombia in the 1990s, Fruit of the Drunken Tree is an incredibly well crafted novel told mostly from the perspective of Chula, an upper middle class girl living a happy life with her older sister, mother, and father. Alternating with Chula is the perspective of Petrona, a poor girl from the Hills where Chula's mother was raised. Determined to help girls who were in that position, Chula's mother always hires poor girls to clean the...
  • Janelle
    Review to come
  • Alejandra Rodriguez
    This book was equal parts heart wrenching and beautiful. The writing in this book has been compared to the writing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and I would absolutely agree with that comparison. My parents are Colombian and I have visited Colombia several times, although not recently. Her descriptions brought back so many memories for me and I was astonished by how wonderful her descriptions were. Despite my heritage, I am unfamiliar with Colombian...
  • Bethany
    Actual Rating: 4.5 starsFruit of the Drunken Tree is a compelling and evocative coming-of-age story set in the violence and upheaval of 1990's Bogota Colombia. Rich with culture and metaphor, the story is told through the distinctive voices of a young girl and the teenage maid who works for her family. Woven through the narrative are strong themes of family, identity, and trauma. An impressive debut!Chula is 7 years old when the story begins. She...
  • Mahi Senthilkumar
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Chula grows up in a wealthy Colombian family, spending her days getting into trouble with her sister and marveling at her family's graceful but mysterious maid, Petrona. This story, brought to life by the magic and anxiety of Chula's imagination, starts of as the account of a quaint and innocent school girl. However, as Colombia gets embroiled in the chaos of Pablo Escobar's nef...
  • Creager
    With her father away at work, Chula lives with her sister, Cassandra and her mother in Bogota, Colombia in a kingdom of women. With the naïveté of childish wonder pimpled with desperation Chula comes of age amidst civil unrest, car bombs, first loves and news of The Guerrilla, fiend and hobgoblin, Pablo Escobar. When Petrona comes to serve as a maid in her house her presence enchants the imaginative Chula and her protection as they try to navig...
  • Linda Barlow
    I want to give EVERYONE this book.This is a powerful and beautifully written book. In the tradition of masterful Latin American writers, this story conveys the history of Colombia in the early 1990’s, the time of FARC, Pablo Escobar, kidnappings and violence. It’s the story of families and relationships and how the political circumstances affected everyone. The story is told from the point of view of a little girl named Chula and the family...
  • Inside My Library Mind
    More reviews up on my blog Inside My Library Mind Actual rating: 2.5 stars A serious case of “It’s not you, it’s me”. I really loved the writing style. This is compared to Marquez and Allende and I can totally understand why. The author really knows how to construct a sentence and she really manages to create an atmosphere.I also loved how she used the backdrop of the narco war to bring forth and accentuate a story about two girls, who...
  • Darlene
    Though this story takes place in the 1990's in the times of drug lord Pablo Escobar in Bogotá, Colombia, it's lessons are current for us here in the USA. It centers on two young girls and how they affect each other and each others' families.I actually finished the book a couple days ago. I needed time to think about how to review this. Besides what I said above I just couldn't decide. If you want to know more about the book go read the reviews o...
  • Julieth
    https://booksensationlife.wordpress.c... full review on my blog. I cannot wait for this novel to come out. I will definitely be adding this to my library.
  • Lillian Li
    Fruit of the Drunken Tree made me cry at the airport. Until the moment my eyes filled with tears, though, I was impressed by so much else. For one, the small kingdom of women Conterars builds, with violence always threatening to snake in, all seen through Chula, the youngest daughter’s eyes. Contreras made the young girl’s perspective believably cloistered, while still masterfully writing all the people around Chula in ways that made them fee...
  • Bonnie Brody
    This novel attempts to do what the Colombian author Vasquez did in his novel, 'The Sound of Things Falling'. He examined the cultural state of what he perceived as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Colombia resulting from the drug trafficking, kidnappings, and overall chaos. In Contreras's novel, 'Fruit of the Drunken Tree' she, too, places her book in 1990's Colombia and views the world of Bogota from the eyes of a young girl, a young girl who h...
  • Kaitlyn
    (4.5 stars) This book was so lovely and lyrical. It was written so well. I loved the characters of this book; they were intricate, imperfect, and accurately written. The majority of the story was told from the perspective of a young girl and Contreras did a wonderful job making her sound her age. I adored the depth of characters in this book, especially the main character’s mother. I also appreciated that this book easily could have had an unre...
  • Sharon
    In this enthralling novel, bits of Colombian history (especially the machinations and de-evolution of Pablo Escobar), are mixed with the coming of age of two diverse and unique female characters. Chula is a child of a wealthy and insulated family in Bogota, and Petrona is a young woman who leaves her poverty stricken and violent slum to be a maid for the Santiagos. Both characters are fully realized, with their own growth path they need to travel...
  • Mainlinebooker
    In 1994 ,my family traveled to Bogota ,Columbia where our computer was lifted right as we were getting into a car. Our driver was so frightened as he said that thieves always work with others, he immediately donned a garbage bag over his head being terrified that he would be identified . Such is the undercurrent of terror that lines this novel, so authentic and verifiably real. It is not until the end that I realized that this novel was inspired ...
  • Debra
    Wow. Just wow. An amazing debut novel. I had no idea what life was like in late 80's-early 90's Columbia. Kidnappings, car bombings, Pablo Escobar's guerilla forces. In the midst of this the story of a girl who lives in the rich part of town who becomes friends with the poor girl her mother hires to be there maid. And their lives are never the same.
  • Maria
    Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with a free advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm not sure where I first heard about this book, but as soon as I found out it was historical fiction about Colombia I was super interested in reading it. I decided to include it in my June Monthly Challenge to read 3 historical novels. I was intrigued with this book because I haven't read very much historical...
  • Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves
    Thank you to Doubleday Books and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book.Fruit of the Drunken Tree is a debut novel inspired by the author’s life. That, the juxtaposition of Chula’s privileged perspective and Petrona’s perspective of poverty, and Pablo Escobar (I’ve always had a weird fascination!) were what attracted me to this book. And, all the pieces for a home run were there, but it was missing the intangibles for me. I loved see...
  • Megan Tristao
    3.5 stars. I liked the ending, but it took me about 70 percent of the way through the story before I really felt invested. The first part is a slow burn, but I think it does a great job describing the setting (physical and emotional) of Colombia in the early 1990s. I'm also very intrigued by the way the author's own life inspired the events of this book (be sure to read her note at the end).
  • RaeAnna Rekemeyer
    A really fabulous book deserving all the buzz.
  • Ilse
    Great book, hard to put down. It's so heartbreaking knowing what young children have to deal with when we take our safety for granted.