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

This is a very compelling, immersive book. This is the story of two girls during the brutal reign of Pablo Escobar in Colombia. Petrona is the teenage maid for Chula’s family. Although Chula’s family is not exorbitantly rich they are very wealthy and have many more privileges than Petrona’s family. The story is told is alternating chapters between the two girls. I found Petrona to be the more interesting of the two and would have liked to have more detail and depth to her character. The writing is very atmospheric. You can feel the heat and dust and misery told about throughout the book. The book is even more interesting as it is told by the author who was a witness to much of the story.

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