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Fruit of the Drunken Tree
Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
In the vein of Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 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 The Santiago family lives in a gated community in Bogot, safe from the political upheaval terrorizing the country. Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to this protective bubble, 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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Catsandbooks
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4/5 ⭐️ This gripping story based on the author's experiences growing up in Colombia during the reign of Pablo Escobar was emotional. I particularly felt bad for Petrona and how her storyline ended. I can't imagine what living through that terrible time was like.

#FoodandLit Buddy Read Colombia 🇨🇴

Sapphire Yes, Petronas story was the most compelling for me. 1mo
Megabooks I‘m sorry I didn‘t get to this. I should‘ve used a credit for the audiobook because I didn‘t feel like reading an ebook last month. Thanks for the tag! 1mo
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Maggie4483
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Salmon with Aji Antioqueño (hot chili sauce) for the last day of #FoodAndLit #Colombia ??

The sauce (vinegar, green onion, white onion, cilantro, bell pepper, and habanero)is just the right amount of spicy…which is good because I made a LOT.

Catsandbooks That looks amazing! I love salmon! 🤤 1mo
Sapphire Yum! 1mo
Bookworm54 Ooooo that looks delicious! 1mo
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Roary47
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3✨Set in Columbia featuring the timeline of Pablo Escobar, the drug lord. Our POVs are a little girl who watches the news, but doesn‘t fully understand. Our second is a teenager that gets catch in the crossfire. I was not born/too young when all of this was originally happening, but I remember hearing about it. I cannot imagine how scary this would have been to live through. I felt for the characters as they tried to live normal lives. #FoodandLit

Roary47 First book down in #20in4 🙌😊💛 1mo
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Roary47
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It‘s going to be a busy weekend, but I‘m going to try to get a ton of reading done for the #20in4 readathon. I‘ll probably throw my last DogMan book in there too 😭. I‘m going to miss that series. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Looks a good few days of reading, 2mo
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Butterfinger
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Even though, this is a somber book about the violence of Colombia, I LOLed at "as confused as Adam on Mother's Day." I'm so blessed to live near so many great restaurants. Tropical Grill in Spruce Pine served me with grilled chorizo sausage and fried bread. So incredibly good. #FoodandLit @Texreader @Catsandbooks

Texreader Mmmm. Looks delicious! 2mo
Catsandbooks Tasty!! 2mo
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Catsandbooks
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Hello #FoodandLit Buddy Readers!

How are you liking the story so far?

Here's some background info:

The effect of Pablo Escobar during his life and after his death- https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/03/05/the-afterlife-of-pablo-escobar/amp

Interview with the author- https://www.npr.org/2018/07/28/632769085/a-thwarted-child-kidnapping-inspired-fr...

Hooked_on_books Oops, I haven‘t picked it up yet! 😳 But about a week ago, I did move it next to my reading chair, so…progress? 😂 2mo
tdrosebud I've just started listening to this on audio so I'm not very far. Hoping to make headway today if I listen while cleaning. 2mo
Roary47 I‘m alternating between three audiobooks right now since emotions are all over the place. I‘m getting there! 💛 2mo
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Megabooks I checked it out from the library but haven‘t gotten to it yet! 2mo
Catsandbooks @Hooked_on_books @tdrosebud @roary47 @megabooks no problem! Remember there's no rush! ☺️ 2mo
Texreader @tdrosebud I find that a very effective way to get my cleaning done! 2mo
Bookworm54 Really interesting reads, thanks for sharing ☺️ 2mo
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Bookworm54
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I managed to find a copy of the #FoodAndLit #BuddyRead for #Colombia

I enjoyed this fictional story, partly based on the authors experiences.

The story follows the young narrator Chula‘s family and shows the disparity between people living in houses and the invasiones, of the decisions people needed to make to keep their families fed and safe, during a time when Pablo Escoban touched so many lives, and kidnappings were commonplace.

Catsandbooks Glad you enjoyed it. Adorable pup! 2mo
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Texreader
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This is a somewhat autobiographical story told from the POV of a 7-year-old girl in Bogotá, during drug lord Pablo Escobar‘s committing domestic terrorism in #Colombia. It‘s a very believable rendition of how a young girl would process what‘s happening in her world, believing so much rests on her small shoulders. We also see in countless ways how one man impacted nearly every person in the country, ruining and ravaging lives. A powerful read. ⬇️

Catsandbooks Glad it was a pick for you! I like the perspective too! 2mo
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Texreader
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I‘m almost finished with both of these books, and I find the similarities intriguing. They are both told from the perspective of children, who are learning to understand the “rules” of race and privilege in their respective countries. In #Swaziland, racism is directed against black and mixed race folks and in #Colombia (tagged book), it‘s directed at native Indians. Racism is a painful worldwide phenomenon. #readingafrica2022 #foodandlit

Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ A sobering observation 2mo
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Maggie4483
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I‘ve been so excited for June‘s #FoodandLit #Colombia, so I can break out this cookbook that my aunt gave me a few years ago. She and my mom were both born in Venezuela, and a lot of the food is similar, so these are flavors I‘ve grown up with.
Not very far into the book, but am already struck by the contrast between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” And how quickly a have can become a have-not.

Texreader What an awesome post!! I‘m so excited for you too! Tell us all about the food you try. I‘m close to finishing the same book. I didn‘t expect where it was going. Wow. Living through the Escobar years must have been hellish. 2mo
JamieArc Looks delicious! 2mo
JamieArc Looks delicious! 2mo
Catsandbooks Yum!! 2mo
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Sapphire
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Pickpick

Terribly sad in its truth. The middle dragged a bit, but this is why I read. To experience other‘s truth. The recipe I selected for #foodandlit was yum and I got the Colombian recipes link from another litten‘s post. Not sure it was the most authentic recipe. Something with corn would have better aligned with the book.

Catsandbooks Looks great! 2mo
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Sapphire
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Only one chapter in, but a promising start to my June title for #foodandlit #columbia. I can‘t wait to see what recipes kittens pick this month. I am as yet uninspired in that regard.

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LitsyEvents
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repost for @Catsandbooks

#FoodandLit #BuddyRead for June in Colombia 🇨🇴

This is a casual read-at-your-own-pace buddy read. Anyone is welcome to join! Please go to the original post and let Catsandbooks know if you would like to be tagged in the check-in posts.

original post: https://www.litsy.com/web/post/2416663

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Catsandbooks
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#FoodandLit Buddy Read for June in Colombia 🇨🇴

This is a casual read-at-your-own-pace buddy read. Anyone is welcome to join! Please let me know if you would like to be tagged in the check-in posts.

Sapphire Me! 2mo
Catsandbooks @Sapphire got you down! 2mo
Megabooks Thanks for the tag! I‘m going to see if my library has it. 2mo
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Hooked_on_books Thank you, yes! I‘ll add it to my June stacks right away! 2mo
Roary47 I‘m in to read. 😊💛 2mo
Catsandbooks @Megabooks @Hooked_on_books @Roary47 glad you all will be joining! 2mo
Maggie4483 Me too!🙋🏻‍♀️ I bought the book this weekend! 2mo
Catsandbooks @Maggie4483 fantastic! 2mo
Catsandbooks @Kimberlone this is our buddy read for the month if you want to join along 2mo
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Texreader
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Catsandbooks Hoping this one is not as heavy as the Kite Runner was 2mo
IamIamIam I absolutely loved this book!!! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Catsandbooks No book is 🥹. This one is good too! 2mo
Catsandbooks @BarbaraBB oh I'm glad to hear that!! 2mo
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LitsyEvents
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My upcoming #FoodandLit Buddy Reads for the next 3 months. If you'd like to join me on any of these reads let me know!

Visit @Catsandbooks for more information

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rmaclean4
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I am loving the #12Women12Countries project. It prompted me to pick up a book that has been on my shelf for a couple of years. Fruit of the Drunken Tree is set in Columbia and is a coming of age story written in the shadow of Pablo Escobar. Beautifully written. Highly recommend. 4 🌟

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Texreader
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I also stocked up for the countries for which I don‘t have books yet for #foodandlit. Tagged for #Colombia. @Butterfinger @Catsandbooks

ReadingEnvy This is a great pick for Colombia..my book club really enjoyed discussing it! 6mo
AmyG This is a good book. 6mo
Sapphire This is my Columbia too 6mo
Lynnsoprano If anyone wants my recipe for Colombian shredded chicken, just let me know! 6mo
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Susanita
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Partly autobiographical, a little uneven but poignant story of three girls growing up in the 1990s in a Colombia ruled by Pablo Escobar. It took me a while to finish, but I did! Not sure if the actual flower is the same or not. I just thought it was pretty.
#bookspin
#MarvellousMarch

AlaMich That cover is gorgeous! 1y
Susanita @AlaMich I think it looks a little like a gown with a green bodice and an ombré skirt. 1y
AlaMich At first glance I thought the flower was a dress as well. I‘m a font nerd and I like the vintage-ness of this one. 😊 (edited) 1y
Andrew65 Looks good 😊 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Pickpick

I almost bailed early on, and then again when it had been 2 weeks and it was time to renew the loan from the library. I'm so glad I decided to stick it out and renew it! This is an amazing #OwnVoices book, based partially on the author's life.

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TorieStorieS
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Mehso-so

This is my April #ReadAroundTheWorld challenge choice for #Colombia- told through two younger girls of opposing backgrounds in Bogota. Chula comes from more privilege while Petrona, barely in her teens, is the sole breadwinner for her dwindling family- killed off in violent ways. While the book certainly succeeded in capturing this time and place, I never felt very connected to either character, so I never rushed back to listen... #AudioColoring

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!!! 2y
TorieStorieS Thanks, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks - I do love watercolor pencils!! 2y
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alisonrose
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Mehso-so

One of those “good but disappointing b/c it‘s *just* good” books. Had high expectations but kinda underwhelmed. Did think the author did a great job of showing what life was like for ppl in this time & place, & writing was poignant at times. But the child POV was hard to fully believe, & the pacing was off. Did love the mother, wish she‘d been the protagonist, honestly! Will read more from this author but this was middle of the road for me. 3/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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Finally picking this one up! I know one of the POVs is from a 7-year-old (well, at least in the beginning) and I‘m not usually a fan of very young narrators, but I‘ve heard mainly great things about it, so I‘m going to remain open-minded.
#nowreading

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Areader2
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Pickpick

Colombia in the 1990s,corruption,kidnappings,car bombs. The story told through the eyes of a young girl whose family lives in a gated community shelter from much of the violence, and becomes friends with the teenage maid who comes from a much different circumstance,opens your eyes to the horrific situations families and especially children faced during that time.It makes me feel sad in today‘s climate of immigration and families fleeing violence

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Cinfhen
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Pulled these two books as possible contenders for IRL bookclub and noticed either one would work for #PoP20 #UpsideDownImageOnBookCover ❤️

Scochrane26 I liked Fruit of the Drunken Tree. Read it for book club last year. 3y
DrJAdMerricksson Haha, that's a bonus! 3y
Cinfhen Good to know @Scochrane26 I‘m going to read both regardless of bookclub decision! And this one @DrJAdMerricksson works for #ThinkPink #PinkCover (edited) 3y
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Reviewsbylola Can‘t wait to see what you chose! 3y
Reviewsbylola Picking book club books is so much pressure imo! 3y
Cinfhen The June book is American Dirt/ which I‘ve already read but I‘m excited to discuss and re-read with my bookclub @Reviewsbylola 3y
Cathythoughts I agree @Reviewsbylola there‘s a bit of pressure involved in the pick ... my last pic was The Dutch House ... a winner ! 😅... off the hook for another year ..: 3y
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rachelm
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The narrators remind me of Ferrante. Colombia from two perspectives during the late 80s and early 90s. Beautiful novel.

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Jillylovesbooks
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Pickpick

Set in Bogotá, Colombia and told through alternating chapters from the perspective of young Chula and Patrona, the teenage maid. Chula lives in a gated community and grows up seeing violence outside those gates. Patrona lives in the guerilla controlled slums of the Hills and has lost family to the violence and struggles to keep her family afloat. Parts of this story are difficult to read, but it was important to the story of that time and place.

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Kaylasarka
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“Multiply me when necessary, make me disappear when peremptory. Transform me into light when there is shadow, into a star when in the desert.”

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Kaylasarka
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The emotional roller coaster this book took me on was absolutely incredible. It has so much heart and soul written in the words.

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Kaylasarka
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Pickpick

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras was so emotional and amazing! 7 year old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives in their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, and assassinations change that carefree life. It is a beautiful come-of-age story of family, friendship, trust, love and loyalty. Inspired by the author's own life, this story is full of heart and soul. This is a must read!

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rajithr
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Bittersweet 😍🤩loved it

CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 3y
Sace Welcome! 3y
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rajithr
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Somehow, this reminds me so much of Alfonso Cuaron's Roma. An equally good one too.

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Updating my #BBRC books 😅

My pick for #WhenItRainsItPours (full review on hookedonbookz.com) This book broke me to pieces...

#YeahBaby @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 3y
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Pickpick

A beautiful come-of-age story of family, friendship, trust, love and loyalty. Inspired by the author's own life, this story is full of heart and soul. My heart went on an emotional roller-coaster on this one. A must-read.

Thank you @Soubhiville for this wonderful gift. You must get to your audio book soon. But get a box of tissue ready... ❤️

#HispanicHeritageMonth

Soubhiville You‘re welcome! I‘m glad you enjoyed it. I can‘t wait to read it. 😊 3y
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Come-read-with-me
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#7covers7days. I think this cover is the perfect enticement for a sumptuous tale.

Lcsmcat I loved this book! 3y
Come-read-with-me @Lcsmcat It‘s one that I love to reread. It‘s just so lovely! 3y
Lcsmcat @Come-read-with-me She was at a local book festival about a year ago and she signed my copy. 😀 3y
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Soubhiville This is a great cover. 3y
Come-read-with-me @Soubhiville It‘s what initially drew me to the book. In this case it was right to judge a book by the cover! 3y
Come-read-with-me @Lcsmcat I am totally jealous!!! You are really lucky! 3y
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Naominats
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I guessed Mamá was giving her the same warnings I had received...not to pick up its flowers, not to sit underneath, not to stand by it too long & most important, not to let neighbors know we ourselves were afraid of it. The Drunken Tree made our neighbors nervous. Who‘s to say why Mamá decided to grow that tree in her garden? It may have been that long mean streak in her or it may have been because she was always saying you couldn‘t trust anyone.

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Dolly
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Pickpick

This was good, very good but pales in comparison to The Far Field. Also I need to depart from refugee stories for awhile and read something very different in tone.

Samplergal I really enjoyed it. For a debut, it was stunning. 3y
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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

This is a tough book. It‘s a little dense, but very important and the writing is very strong. It‘s an eye opening book about the hardships people suffer in other countries and this really explores a period in time that doesn‘t get a lot of attention. Excellent writing and a heartbreaking story.

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sophierayton
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Pickpick

Historical fiction is the best way to learn about the world. I had no idea that Columbia had been through this difficult time, and it is powerful to have the story told from someone who experienced it first hand.

Reggie I loved when even the horrific stuff happens she still thought to check on the cows. And my heart broke for Petrona. 3y
sophierayton I felt for Petrona too, but I think in practice, I'd react more like the mother Alma. Anyone who makes a plan to kidnap my kids would not be welcome to stick around; they'd be dead to me. 3y
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EKonrad
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Pickpick

Gorgeously written with powerful prose and strong, female characters. Full review on Goodreads.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#Netgalley

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Thank you so so much for these wonderful gifts @Soubhiville! The book! What a timely gift! I'm planning to meet the author at the book fest this year! 💃🏽 And the postcards of authors! ❤️ 😍Aaaannd the gorgeous booksleeve! Did you make that? Love the cute dog design & the button! Omg you're super talented! ❤️

I'm touched beyond words. Thank you for your kindness, thoughtfulness & generosity, Soubhi! You made my birthday all the more special! 😘

Soubhiville Happy birthday! I‘m glad you like it ❤️. My mom makes the booksleeves. I love mine, I use them every day. Enjoy! 3y
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Cinfhen
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My kiddies did some #GoodReads stalking and took advantage of a Barnes and Noble summer sale and ordered these 4 books for me!!! Niki already claims she wants to read 2 of them 😉 Today has been a wonderful day 🥳🎂Thank You ALL so much for the #birthdayLove it made my day extra special ♥️♥️♥️

Kalalalatja I haven‘t read any of them, but they sound good! 3y
Cinfhen I‘ll let u know @Kalalalatja 🎉💕😘 3y
Rachel_nyc I‘m hoping to read Fruit of the Drunken Tree soon. I hear very good things. Happy Birthday! 🥳🎂🥂 3y
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bedandabook Happy birthday 🥳 I‘m so glad you‘re having a great day 💕 3y
Robothugs Happiest of birthdays to you, lovely lady. ♥️ 3y
squirrelbrain Well done kids! You‘ve trained them well...🤣 Sounds like you‘ve had a lovely day 😘 3y
Lcsmcat I ❤️ Fruit of the Drunken Tree! 3y
Sapphire Happy Birthday! 3y
Megabooks Fantastic, Cindy! I hope your birthday was fantabulous! 3y
wideeyedreader Happy birthday! 3y
Prairiegirl_reading Happy birthday! 3y
Hooked_on_books Happy Birthday! I‘ve been stalking your feed to see if you received any of the books from my swap stack. Good thing! I‘ll take Ohio out of the running. 3y
batsy Good kids 😊 3y
Cinfhen Totally forgot that was one of the books @Hooked_on_books 🤪 3y
Cinfhen My kiddies done good @batsy @Megabooks @squirrelbrain and I‘m glad my daughter wants to read a few @Prairiegirl_reading @wideeyedreader @Sapphire @Lcsmcat @Robothugs @bedandabook @Rachel_nyc of course it‘s the thrillers, but still happy she‘s reading 💕😉 (edited) 3y
TrishB Great choices 👍🏻 read one and one in tbr, will have a little look at others. You got a great birthday book pile 🎉🎉 3y
mabell Happy Belated Birthday! 🎉🎉 3y
emilyhaldi Happy belated birthday!!! ❤️glad it was wonderful! 3y
SaturnDoo Happy Belated Birthday!!! 🤗💜❤😘 3y
Bookzombie Happy belated birthday!!!💗📚🎂🦄 3y
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Bookzombie @SaturnDoo @emilyhaldi @mabell I‘m still sneaking in the celebrations 🥳 Going to meet friends who are in from the States for lunch 🎉🎶😀 we‘re calling it a birthday brunch....why not?!?! 3y
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Lcsmcat
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1. Daffodils!
2. tagged
3. A Bit of Fry and Laurie
4. Billy Collins
#humpdaypost
@DebbieGrillo @MinDea

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Lcsmcat
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Pickpick

A powerful debut novel about growing up in a violent world, in this case the Colombia of Pablo Escobar, and how children are affected by the choices we make and don‘t make. This will stay with me for a long time.

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SamAnne
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3.5 stars out of 5. Compelling story set during violent years in Colombia when Pablo Escobar was at his most powerful. A window into the separate worlds of the struggling desperate poor and those who are better off. Violence touched all in Bogota during the 90s.

Reggie I loved that she kept checking to see if the cows were ok. 3y
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Lcsmcat
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It seems appropriate to start this with a glass of wine in hand. I met Contreras last September at a book fair. She was smart and well-spoken. It‘s about time I read her book! #currentlyreading

RaimeyGallant The cover is pretty great. 3y
Lcsmcat @RaimeyGallant I thought so too. 3y
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SamAnne
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1. Fruit of the Drunken Tree—enjoying! Patti Smith‘s The M Train. Stamped from the Beginning:the Defining History of Racist Ideas in America. And Patsy. Too many!
2. Does Black Leopard Red Wolf count? 3. Planting my melon patch and having gin & tonics on my front porch. And a wedding but not necessarily a fun one LOL.

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Caterina
Fruit of the Drunken Tree | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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Here is my physical TBR shelf for July! I'm moving to the opposite coast soon, leaving at the first of August, and will be leaving all my precious babies (ie books) at my parents' house for the foreseeable future, hence the ambitious shelf. And y'all are going to #MakeMeReadIt all in July! Cast your vote for one of these books in a comment below and I'll read them in order of most to least votes. 😊 #readathon @TheReadingMermaid

BeansPage I heard this one was really good 3y
TheSpineView They all look good, not sure you can go wrong with any one of them. 3y
Emilymdxn So many amazing boos I‘ve loved. I just can‘t choose so mine is a three way tie between Mansfield Park (my favourite Austen tho I think im a minority there), How Long Til Black Future Month and Orchestra of Minorities 3y
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Scochrane26 Please read Fidelity ASAP!! It‘s prob my fave Wendell Berry book because of the last story in it. And I love all his books. 3y
Andrew65 Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk, closely followed by An American Marriage. 3y
BrittanyReads A Million Junes 3y
Reviewsbylola Lillian Boxfish!! 3y
jelaurence64 Fidelity! So we can talk about it! 😊 3y
CSeydel Mansfield Park 3y
KarenL Fidelity ❤️ 3y
BarbaraJean Mansfield Park—💜 It‘s the only one of these I‘ve read, but so many are ones I WANT to read! So my honorable mentions are How Long Till Black Future Month, Lolly Willowes, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, and of course American Marriage because it‘s also on my #makemereadit pile! 3y
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Well-ReadNeck
Fruit of the Drunken Tree | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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Mehso-so

The second half of this novel was good, but it took a looooong time to get going. The child narrator didn‘t really work for me, either. I see where she was going with that choice and it works in some ways, but adds confusion and slows the story, too.

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suzisteffen
Fruit of the Drunken Tree | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Pickpick

This is one hard book, set during the worst of the civil/guerrilla/drug warfare in Colombia, specifically in Bogotá, where our protagonists live. The two main characters are a relatively wealthy young girl and her family‘s maid. They both get mixed up in a grim story of kidnapping and violence, and it‘s hard, hard. Well written and endlessly interesting, but hard.

BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too! 3y
suzisteffen Also never write a review when you‘re basically asleep because ... 😂. May revise today. 3y
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