Ingrid Rojas Contreras-Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Ingrid Rojas Contreras


Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Buzzfeed, Nylon, and Guernica, among others. Rojas Contreras has received numerous awards and fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, VONA, Hedgebrook, The Camargo Foundation, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. She is the book columnist for KQED, the Bay Area’s NPR affiliate. She teaches writing at the University of San Francisco, and works with immigrant high school students as part of a San Francisco Arts Commission initiative bringing writers into public schools. This is her first novel.


After the Fall: Stories Amid the Echoes of Collapse

Respectively set in Bogota, Colombia and on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia during and soon after immense change in the civil order, the characters in Ingrid Rojas Contreras’ and Julia Phillips’ debut novels contend with the shock and aftershocks of societal disruption – affording the reader perspective about the strength of the girls and women in their stories who struggle to forge authentic lives despite the fragility of the failing systems they can no longer take for granted.

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A jack of all trades and a master at none – books were his first love and served to impart a wanderlust. Miguel has lived in Tuscany, the West Indies, and the Far East. In Annapolis he was awarded his Master’s degree from St. John’s College’s Great Books Program. Father of two daughters and the husband of the DBF Program Director– and, hence, her primary reader – he gets to pull rank every now and then. You’re welcome.

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Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Seven-year-old Chula enjoys a carefree life 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 her 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. 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. BUY THIS BOOK!

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