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Ingrid Rojas Contreras presents FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE

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Submitted by BradJohnson on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 2:36pm

Thursday, August 16
7:00pm

EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Ingrid Rojas Contreras to discuss her novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree on Thursday, August 16th at 7pm. 

Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogot , 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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogot√°, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Guernica, and Huffington Post, among others. She is the book columnist for KQED Arts, the Bay Area's NPR affiliate.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
East Bay Booksellers
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542722
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - July 31st, 2018