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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ingrid Rojas Contreras Narrator: to be announced Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 31, 2018 ISBN: 9780525632634
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In the tradition of Latin American novelists like Isabel Allende and Laura Esquivel, a mesmerizing debut about an extraordinary relationship between a sheltered girl and her teenage maid, set against the backdrop of the devastating violence of 1990's Colombia

In Bogotá the Santiago family lives in a gated community, safe from the political upheaval terrorizing the country. Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to this protective bubble, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood gates, 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 a sense of stability amidst the rapidly escalating conflict, a moment of unexpected vulnerability offers Petrona and Chula a shared secret that rapidly spins out of control.
     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, atmospheric 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • Ingrid Rojas Contreras captures the violent history of drug-torn Colombia as it affects the intimate lives of two characters, a girl and the young maid in her household...A coming of age story, an immigrant story, a thrilling mystery novel, thoroughly lived and felt—this is an exciting debut novel that showcases a writer already in full command of her powers.  Make room on your shelves for a writer whose impressive debut promises many more. Julia Alvarez, author of In the Time of the Butterflies and How the García Girls Lost Their Accents
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About the Narrator

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at the Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In January of 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an internet troll who impersonated her dead father.