Ingrid Rojas Contreras


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. The Fruit of the Drunken Tree is a debut novel about a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both.


Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogota, Columbia. She is the book columnist for KQED Arts, the San Francisco Bay area’s NPR affiliate. The recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, her essays and short stories have appeared in multiple publications.