Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Review: Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Fruit of the Drunken Tree Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The history of Pablo Escobar's Columbia serves as the backdrop for this coming of age story told from two distinct voices. Chula and her older sister Cassandra live fairly privileged lives within the gated walls of their Bogota community. Ever-observant Chula is carefree, precocious, and wise beyond her 7 years. When the Santiago family hires a maid from a nearby slum, Chula becomes infatuated with the secrets that 13-year-old Petrona tries to keep hidden.

The vastly different voices of these two young narrators spin parallel narratives built upon family, difficult choices, violence, and hope.

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