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Ingrid Rojas Contreras

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Ingrid Rojas Contreras is an award-winning author who was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Guernica, and Huffington Post, among others. She recently received the Mary Tanenbaum Award for non-fiction, and the Audio Miller Prize from the Missouri Review. She has been a fellow at Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and the San Francisco Writer's Grotto, and has received scholarships and support from VONA, Hedgebrook, The Camargo Foundation, Djerassi Artist Residency Program, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. She is the book columnist for KQED, the Bay Area's NPR affiliate. She currently teaches writing to immigrant high sch ...more

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Fruit of the Drunken Tree

3.96 avg rating — 137 ratings — expected publication 2018 — 6 editions
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July 2018, Ingrid Rojas Contreras
"The debut novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree is based on author Ingrid Rojas Contreras's own experience as a child in 1990s Colombia at the height of drug lord Pablo Escobar’s reign of terror. "I hope to complicate our understanding of the inheritance of violence and how this affects women and girls living in it," she says." ...More

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Her Mouth as Souvenir by Heather June Gibbons
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Heather June Gibbons’s debut poetry book, Her Mouth as Souvenir, is a study of distraction, mediated reality and our humdrum efforts to avoid reflection by filling our time with activity. Here is a poetry collection that will reminds you quite eloque ...more
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Blue Self-Portrait by Noémi Lefebvre
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Whether it's the warm weather, the annoying loudness of neighbors or, I don't know, the daily horrors in the news, sitting down with a book has never seemed more difficult.

In the past few weeks, I have opened many astounding novels to just stare at t
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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
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Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
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There There by Tommy Orange
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There There is a book that feels like a city. Its chapters follow multiple generations of Native Americans who've made their way to Oakland; the characters' storylines progress, at clipping speed, to one moment that will change all of them. There is ...more
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Belly Up by Rita Bullwinkel
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This short story collection is like a house with many stupendous rooms built from spare sentences and subtle obsessions that spiral into the best kinds of existential questions. The result is a strange and masterful collection with a patina of what I ...more
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“They told us to strive for assimilation. The quicker we transformed into one of the many the better. But how could we choose? The U.S. was the land that saved us; Colombia was the land that saw us emerge.”
Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree

“I thought again about Pablo Escobar cutting off people's tongues. It made sense to stop speaking, to say only what was necessary and nothing beyond. It was a way to survive.”
Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree

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