Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel Audiobook, by Ingrid Rojas Contreras Play Audiobook Sample

Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel Audiobook

Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel Audiobook, by Ingrid Rojas Contreras Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Marisol Ramirez, Almarie Guerra, Ingrid Rojas Contreras Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780525632634

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36:05 minutes

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05 seconds

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13:19 minutes

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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 Tree will surely be transformed.” —San Francisco Chronicle “Simultaneously propulsive and poetic, reminiscent of Isabel Allende...Listen to this new author’s voice — she has something powerful to say.” —Entertainment Weekly 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 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 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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"Fruit of the Drunken Tree was an amazing audiobook! Highly recommend."

— Sara (5 out of 5 stars)


  • “The coming-of-age female empowerment story we need.”

    — Vogue
  • “Ramirez and Guerra are gifted bilingual narrators who deliver the many Spanish phrases with musical grace.”

    — Washington Post
  • “Simultaneously propulsive and poetic.”

    — Entertainment Weekly
  • “An exquisitely intimate double portrait of two young women.”

    — San Francisco Chronicle


  • A July 2018 LibraryReads Pick
  • A Washington Post Best Audiobook of 2018
  • Winner of the California Book Award Silver Medal for First Fiction

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About Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is an author whose highly acclaimed memoir, The Man Who Could Move Clouds, was a finalist for the 2023 Pulitzer Prize and other major awards. Her debut novel, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, was the silver medal winner in first fiction from the California Book Awards and a New York Times editor’s choice. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Believer, and Zyzzyva, among others. She was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia.

About the Narrators

Marisol Ramirez is an audio narrator and actress who has appeared on numerous television shows, including ER, The Mentalist, Without a Trace, and Dallas. Among her film credits are Right at Your Door and Just Cause.

Almarie Guerra is an actor known for her work on Sorry You’re Sad, Dude Bro Party Massacre III, and Night of the Living Deb. She is part of an LA/NY based improv group, the Story Pirates.