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Fruit of the Drunken Tree (Original 2018; 2019. Auflage)

von Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Autor)

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"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 her mission to understand Petrona's mysterious ways. But Petrona's unusual behavior belies more than shyness. She is a young woman crumbling under the burden of providing for her family as the rip tide of first love pulls her in the opposite direction. As both girls' families scramble to maintain stability amidst the rapidly escalating conflict, Petrona and Chula find themselves entangled in a web of secrecy that will force them both to choose between sacrifice and betrayal. Inspired by the author's own life, and told through the alternating perspectives of the willful Chula and the achingly hopeful Petrona, Fruit of the Drunken Tree contrasts two very different, but inextricable coming-of-age stories. In lush prose, Rojas Contreras sheds light on the impossible choices women are often forced to make in the face of violence and the unexpected connections that can blossom out of desperation.… (mehr)
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This book tells the story of 2 young girls in Columbia during Pablo Escobar's reign of terror. One of the girls, Chula, comes from a family living behind the walls of a gated community. The other, Petrona, comes into Chula's life as a maid in the house. Two girls, from two very different worlds, both victims of the violence and upheaval caused by the Cartels and the drugs.

This was the author's debut. Roja's drew from personal experience and writes a fictional account of the affect trauma can have on a child.

I cannot say I enjoyed reading this, but I am glad I did. It was a sobering read, not for the faint of heart. ( )
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
fiction (residents caught between guerrilla/paramilitary conflict in Colombia)
Read to p. 172. The writing style was fine, but I lost patience with the pacing of the story--I prefer a more plot-driven story and was expecting the suspense of an unstable city to build up, but a lot of these chapters (told from the point of view from a 7-year-old girl) didn't seem to have much purpose.

The book is really well reviewed, so if you enjoy a nice, slow read (which I sometimes do, just don't have patience for now) I would recommend this. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Nice prose, with good use of a child’s naive POV to ease readers into Pablo Escobar era Colombia. While Contreras did a fine job of capturing the cultural milieu and the generalized trauma of the time, Petrona’s character motivation was underdeveloped; we weren’t privy to her inner turmoil enough to have her be the complex and sympathetic character the author likely intended. There was insufficient textual evidence to shed real light on Chula’s fixation or Petrona’s redemption, while the ending felt rushed. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
During the height of the violence in Colombia, led by Pablo Escobar and the Mendellín drug cartel, seven-year-old Chula lived in a comfortable middle-class gated neighborhood in Bogota with her older sister and her parents. Her life was normal; she went to school, looked forward to her father coming home on weekends, played with her friends and became increasingly fascinated with Petrona, the family's maid, a thirteen-year-old girl living in a makeshift slum and working as the sole support for her family.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras uses a version of her own story to create a picture of life in Colombia in the late eighties and early nineties. While Chula and her family live a fairly normal life, albeit one full of the stresses of potential danger and careful following of news of where it is safe to go and where to avoid, Petrona's life is far different. Her brothers disappear into the paramilitaries and life in the Invaciones is treacherous. As time goes by, the political situation remains dangerous and in a moment, Petrona holds the key to the family's survival.

This novel is mainly interesting for how it describes daily life in Colombia during a specific era. Seen through the eyes of a young girl who doesn't always understand what she is witnessing, but written from the perspective of someone looking back, worked well with what the author was doing here. Daily life goes on, even during the most precarious of times. ( )
2 abstimmen RidgewayGirl | Mar 10, 2021 |
Enchanting!

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Author), Marisol Ramirez, and Almarie Guerra, using Libby through my library. An audiobook was a good way to experience this book in the appropriate Spanish accents.

Around the year in 52 books challenge notes:
#12. A book that is a collaboration between 2 or more people ( )
  Linda_Louise | Jan 20, 2021 |
It’s vividly specific details like these that made me wince in recognition while reading Ingrid Rojas Contreras’s “Fruit of the Drunken Tree,” a beautifully rendered novel of an Escobar-era Colombian childhood. Although this debut novel is inspired by the author’s personal experiences (as noted in an afterword), you don’t need to have grown up in Bogotá to be taken in by Contreras’s simple but memorable prose and absorbing story line......Contreras’s depiction of growing up amid such constant violence provides some of the most arresting passages in the book. ...I’m writing this a few days after Colombia’s recent presidential election, and 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.
 
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"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 her mission to understand Petrona's mysterious ways. But Petrona's unusual behavior belies more than shyness. She is a young woman crumbling under the burden of providing for her family as the rip tide of first love pulls her in the opposite direction. As both girls' families scramble to maintain stability amidst the rapidly escalating conflict, Petrona and Chula find themselves entangled in a web of secrecy that will force them both to choose between sacrifice and betrayal. Inspired by the author's own life, and told through the alternating perspectives of the willful Chula and the achingly hopeful Petrona, Fruit of the Drunken Tree contrasts two very different, but inextricable coming-of-age stories. In lush prose, Rojas Contreras sheds light on the impossible choices women are often forced to make in the face of violence and the unexpected connections that can blossom out of desperation.

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