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Fruit of the drunken tree : a novel

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"When women of color write history, we see the world as we have never seen it before. In Fruit of the Drunken Tree, Ingrid Rojas Contreras honors the lives of girls who witness war. Brava! I was swept up by this story." --SANDRA CISNEROS, author of The House on Mango Street A mesmerizing debut set against the backdrop of the devastating violence of 1990's Colombia 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 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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  • 23 of 25 copies available at Westchester Library System.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Town of Pelham Public Library. (Show)

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0 current holds with 25 total copies.
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John C. Hart Memorial Library ROJAS CONTRERAS (Text)
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31030154778930
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Larchmont Public Library ROJAS CONTRERAS (Text)
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31014152519058
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Lewisboro Library FICTION ROJAS CONTRERAS (Text)
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31032151351893
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Mamaroneck Public Library District FICTION (Text)
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31015152427986
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Mount Pleasant Public Library FIC ROJAS CONTRERAS (Text)
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31024153548147
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Mount Vernon Public Library FICTION ROJAS CONTRERAS (Text)
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31018155577005
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Mount Vernon Public Library MEZZ FICTION ROJAS CONTRERAS (Text)
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31018155140523
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New Rochelle Public Library ROJAS CONTRERAS (Text)
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31019156105101
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North Castle Public Library FIC ROJ (Text)
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31001152020021
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Ossining Public Library FICTION (Text)
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31021153179840
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