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 both.The 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 l...

Details Fruit of the Drunken Tree

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

Reviews Fruit of the Drunken Tree

  • Jenny
    No matter who we are, what are race, religion, socio-economic background, we share some basic emotions and feelings. Fear, joy, love, jealousy, anger, sadness and hope are some of those emotions and feelings. What makes us different is our reaction to those feelings and the situations that brought about them.Ingrid Rojas Contreras's debut novel, "Fruit of the Drunken Tree," takes us to the South American country of Colombia during the extremely v...
  • Dorie - Cats&Books :)
    *NOW AVAILABLE*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 a...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 stars to Fruit of the Drunken Tree! When I saw Fruit of the Drunken Tree compared to Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I knew it was a must-read for my list. Ingrid Rojas Contreras’ debut is set in Colombia in the 1990s. It is focused on the Santiago family living in Bogota in a gated community. Gates are necessary because of the extreme political unrest in the country at the time. While the children are insulated from the world,...
  • Elyse (semi hiatus) Walters
    Library Overdrive Audiobook.... .....narrated by...Marisol Ramirez Almarie who was sooooooo outstanding....I had visions of bright changing colored fireworks in the sky. Her voice was perfect - flawless for this incredible- magnificent Latin American novel. Once I started this Audiobook (testing my ass), I literally did not want to stop being in this world. ‘We’ ( my buddy iPhone/ audiobook), and I, made the bed, folded laundry, took a 90 min...
  • Jen
    Ok truth- I added this one based on its title. Oh yes I did. The reality is, its flower, if consumed, can make one act as silly as a drunk and eventually poison it’s victim. Enough said. This is a story of a relationship between a girl and her maid. In the background, the civil war rages in Columbia. Pablo Escobar reigning terror over the country. The impact is devastating. Until it moves to the forefront and the little tranquility known for t...
  • PorshaJo
    Sometimes we are drawn to books by the cover, by the name, or even just the description. Well, it could also be the author too. But when I saw the name of this book, I was hooked. I knew I wanted to read it. Then, I saw it was about Columbia and Pablo Escobar and I immediately went to my library to grab it. It tells the story of one family living in Bogota and their maid. Oh yeah, and in the world of Pablo Escobar. The story alternates between th...
  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestI wonder about Goodreads users sometimes. People will pile on to heap praises about one book in particular while utterly ignoring brilliant contributions to the literary canon like this. I almost didn't read this book because it was such a wild card - and I am so glad I did not do that. In many ways, FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE explores similar themes to other women-centered works of literary f...
  • Brina
    Buddy read in group Reading for Pleasure, review to follow when buddy read over. 4 stars for story3 stars for prose 3.5 stars overall
  • Trudie
    Reviewing this book is particularly tough because despite really enjoying this, there remains this niggling feeling it could have been sensational if Contreras had worked out a few kinks first before embarking on such an ambitious debut. That may not be a fair criticism since writers need to start somewhere, right ? However, the meat of this story has so much potential that I was a little disappointed it didn't all work seamlessly. Despite these ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: can’t believe I’m the first of my Goodreads friends to have read this. It seems like it was everywhere for a minute. And honestly? As soon as I saw the words . . . . I was in. What can I say? I’m a cheap sell and my husband won’t wait for me when it comes to Netflix so there’s no chance I can keep up with Narcos to get my Pablo Escobar fix. Now that I’m finished???? It wa...
  • 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...
  • Jenna
    Fruit of the Drunken Tree is a beautiful and heart-rending novel set against the backdrop of Columbia in the 1990s. This was a dangerous and volatile period and the author draws on experiences from her own childhood. It is told through the eyes of 7 year old Chula, and through the eyes of her family's maid, 13 year old Petrona. Obviously, Chula's family has money; Petrona's does not. Petrona, who lives in a guerilla-occupied slum, has the respons...
  • Kathleen
    Colombian-American author Contreras has set her poignant tale in Colombia during the rise-and-fall of Pablo Escobar (1989-1994). The country’s social and physical infrastructure is imploding—car bombings, gangs, random blackouts, and kidnappers. The police force is largely corrupt. Assassinations of key figures occur with disturbing frequency—Minister of Justice, the newspaper Editor-in-Chief, and even Luis Carlos Galan, the presidential ca...
  • Chrissie
    I do not like the writing found in this book. The prose, how a book is written and what characters say, is very important to me. I want a child to speak as a child does speak. A child and an adult have not the same vocabulary. Is a third grader going to say the following?"It was at that moment I realized how fragile life really is?" Not in my opinion. This is merely one example of many. A book’s credibility is tied to believable prose.A mismatc...
  • Mary
    This was a surprise. The blurb doesn’t really do this book justice. It’s not so much about the friendship of a girl and a teenage maid; it wasn’t a friendship, it was more of a desperate, awkward relationship under impossible circumstances. I flipped to the author’s note early on and realized that what I was reading was based on the true events of her growing up in Pablo Escobar’s Colombia, and things took on a more urgent slant. By the...
  • Janelle | She Reads with Cats
    Thank you so much Doubleday Books for providing my free copy of FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE by Ingrid Rojas Contreras - all opinions are my own.This is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching debut that I completely devoured. Set in Bogotá, Colombia, in the 1990’s, the story begins with seven-year-old Chula Santiago and the Santiago’s maid, thirteen-year-old Petrona Sánchez during the time of Pablo Escobar, guerrilla warfare, corruption, the imminent thr...
  • Dianne
    I love books about other cultures with historical viewpoints. This novel takes place in Colombia at the time of Pablo Escobar. There are two storylines. Petrona is a young girl from Las Invasiones, a slum area near Bogota, Colombia. She works as a housemaid in Chula’s parents’ home. Chula is seven and Petrona is thirteen at the beginning of the novel. Their stories are told in alternating chapters and are set against the drama of what is happ...
  • 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...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    This is the story of a young girl whose family lives in Colombia during the height of Pablo Escobar. The narration moves between Chula, the girl, and a young woman who is hired from las Invaciones (the very poor part of town) to do various things in the home. It's an interesting reading experience because the reader has to fill in some of the gaps - Chula sees but she doesn't always understand (whether it's class difference, danger, intentions, h...
  • Libby
    ‘Fruit of The Drunken Tree’ by Ingrid Rojas Contreras is a gripping account of growing up in Bogotá, Colombia during the years of Pablo Escobar’s drug empire. Chula, seven years old, and Cassandra Santiago, nine years old, are two sisters, whose Papá works at a faraway oil site and comes home every other weekend. Their Mamá rules what she and her two daughters think of as a ‘kingdom of women.’ Growing up in an invasión, a slum area ...
  • Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
    Multiply me when necessary. Transform me into light where there is shadow. — Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree..Ingrid Rojas Contreras’ debut novel, “Fruit of the Drunken Tree” was inspired by the author’s own personal experiences. This is a beautiful, emotional, heartbreaking coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the beautiful, but violent Colombia in the 1990’s, at the height of druglord Pablo Escobar's vio...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    This is a story about a family living in Bogota, Colombia during the early 1990s, when violence reigned due to conflicts caused by the FARC, guerrillas, Pablo Escobar, and the paras.The novel is narrated in the alternating points of view of a child (Chula) and her family's maid (Petrona). I found it interesting, specially at the beginning since I enjoy reading stories with a backdrop of historical events and this one described many real incidents...
  • Tania
    Headlines were our funeral song. 3.5 stars. Be warned Fruit of the Drunken Tree has a very slow start. So much so, that I actually gave up just before the 20% mark. Luckily a GR friend mentioned in her review that she had the same issue, but that the pace picked up exponentially one you pass this point.Wow, and what a turnaround it was. In fact the deeper I got into this book the more the writing, the story and the characters hooked me. Chula's v...
  • Ace
    I added this then removed it from my TBR but then changed my mind and picked it up again. It was a bit of a hard slog for me, I know nothing of this history of Columbia and didn't have internet access to look anything up. The main issue I had with this was that I had to try to keep remembering that Chula was a small child and yet the writing seemed to me to be representing a much more mature teen or someone closer to young adult. I am afraid it d...
  • Judith E
    Told through the eyes of two young girls, this is a sad and moving story of Colombia during the Pablo Escobar reign of terror. It is a murky and desperate setting that illustrates the wide divide between economic groups in Bogata and the terror in which both groups live. A strange story but a promising debut by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. 3.5 stars.
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Content Warning: Rape, Child Soldiers, Disturbing Violent Imagery, Extreme PovertyChula and Petrona are two young girls struggling to grow up in a increasingly dangerous country. Chula and Petrona meet when Petrona is hired to be a maid for Chula's family. The novel is told through Petrona and Chula's point of view. They perspectives worked well, contrasting the very different thoughts and obstacles these young girls faced to survive childhood. T...
  • Dean
    Very emotional, very heartbreaking, and a very realistic view of Colombia..Pablo Escobar the drug baron, the guerillas, the paras, the corrupt Bolivian army and the criminals.. Also the misery and the poverty of the Bolivian population in the slums, plus the kidnapping at almost a daily basis..Honest but poor and uneducated people living in shacks trying to survive in this toxic and hostile surroundings!!!Well, this is the background chosen by In...
  • Resh (The Book Satchel)
    SO FANTASTIC. THIS BOOK DESTROYED ME. I cannot find a single thing that was not right in the book or writing. And wow, what an excellent writer Ingrid is.Biggest book hangover. Review for another day. READ IT!!!
  • 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...