Fruit of the drunken tree

a novel

306 pages

English language

Published Nov. 6, 2018

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4 stars (1 review)

"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 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 Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation. When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in-maid from the city's guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it …

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An interesting read

4 stars

Read this book in the context of our work book club.

It was the first time I read about Colombian history and Pablo Escobar, to discover it through the eyes of Chula, a little girl with her limited comprehension of the world was quite something. I was enthralled quite quickly by the story and intrigued by its ebbs and flows. The character was built slowly but became more and more loveable as the story went on. I love the dynamic between the girls, Petrona and their mother, the class division and the differences in ways of seeing the world and Escobar’s deeds. At times the writing felt a bit clunky and made me wonder what was happening and it is the main flaw I saw in the book. An interesting read!


  • Social life and customs
  • Families
  • Teenage girls
  • Sisters
  • Violence
  • Fiction


  • Bogotá
  • Bogotá (Colombia)
  • Colombia