On Sale: July 31, 2018
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“One of the most dazzling and devastating novels I’ve read
in a long time...Readers of Fruit of the Drunken
Treewill surely be transformed.”
propulsive and poetic, reminiscent of Isabel
Allende...Listen to this new author’s voice — she has
something powerful to say.”
A mesmerizing debut set in Colombia
at the height Pablo Escobar's violent reign about a
sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an
unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them
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 inextricably linked coming-of-age stories. In
lush prose, Rojas Contreras has written a powerful testament
to 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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