Ingrid Rojas Contreras
A writer born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia who now lives in the Bay Area, Ingrid Rojas Contreras is here with her much-praised debut novel, which should be available in both its English language original and its Spanish language edition, Fruit of the Drunken Tree (La fruta del borrachero), from Doubleday.
“A beautifully rendered novel of an Escobar-era Colombian childhood…You don’t need to have grown up in Bogota to be taken in by Contreras’s simple but memorable prose and absorbing storyline…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.” —The New York Times Book Review.
“Set against the backdrop of Pablo Escobar’s stranglehold on the fate of a nation, Fruit of the Drunken Tree is a spellbinding story of two girls whose realities collide and who are forced to make nearly unbearable choices in the name of survival. The thrum of mystery and danger haunts every page, and you won’t be able to look away until you turn the last one.” — Cristina Henríquez.
“Usando como trasfondo el dominio de Pablo Escobar sobre el destino de una nación, La fruta del borrachero es una historia fascinante de dos chicas cuyas realidades colisionan cuando se ven obligadas a tomar decisiones casi insoportables para supervivir. El peligro acecha en cada página, y no podrás apartar la mirada hasta que hayas terminado de leer la última.” —Christina Henríquez.