The Literature & Language Book Club will discuss Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. Set in Bogotá during the reign of Pablo Escobar, when kidnappings are a norm, this engaging story follows two young girls, their privileged family and a live-in maid from a guerrilla-occupied slum. The alternating narratives of Chula and Petrona provide an innocent, yet insightful, perspective into the chaos of the world around them as they navigate growing up in uncertain times. But even more than that, it’s a story about women and what they must do for self-preservation in times of strife. This wonderful debut, inspired by the author's life, showcases a beautiful new voice in literary fiction.
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Copies of this month's selection will be available 30 days prior to the event at the 7th floor Literature and Language reference desk at Harold Washington Library Center (400 South State Street, Chicago IL, 60605). This event takes place on Zoom. Register by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 16. You’ll receive an email with a link to the secure Zoom meeting about 24 hours before the meeting. By registering for this event, you agree to abide by the Library Use Guidelines.
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