Ingrid Rojas Contreras: Author Bio About and Best Quotes

Ten of My Favorite Ingrid Rojas Contreras Quotes 

Ingrid Rojas Contreras, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Ingrid Rojas Contreras quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find Ingrid Rojas Contreras’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Ingrid Rojas Contreras made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favorites: 

About Ingrid Rojas Contreras

INGRID ROJAS CONTRERAS is a Colombian native. During the summer of 2009, TIME named her memoir The Man Who Could Move Clouds a “Best Book of Summer.”. Fruit of the Drunken Tree won a silver medal from the California Book Awards and was an editor’s choice of the New York Times. A number of her essays and short stories have appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, The Cut, and Zyzzyva. California is where she lives.

Born: Bogotá, Colombia
Genre: Memoir, Fiction

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Popular Quotes

“Multiply me when necessary. Transform me into light where there is shadow.”
― Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree

 “We were refugees when we arrived to the U.S. You must be happy now that you’e safe, people said. 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.

There were mathematical principles to becoming an American: you had to know one hundred historical facts (What was one reason for the Civil War? Who was the President during World War II?), and you had to spend five uninterrupted years on North American soil. We memorized the facts, we stayed in place – but when I elevated my feet at night and my head found its pillow I wondered: of what country was I during those hours when my feet were in the air?”
― Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree

“I sat down. I cried, knowing that what I had wanted was a return to normal, but there would never be a return to normal. Papa was gone. In his place was this man whose cheekbones cut hard into his skin, whose burnt-dark color and malnutrition were still present even though he no longer lived in a jungle. This man who allowed me to hold his hand and sob onto his shoulder, even though it made him anxious to be so close, so near to anyone. I needed to learn how to live with this new man, to negotiate a relationship with his body that was not the body I knew.”
― Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree

 “I wanted to yell at the television like Mama and Papa, but I had to learn how to properly do it. I gathered that being a mouse was better than being a mosquita muerta, and being a snake was better than being a man, because flies pretending to be dead could be crushed, mice were shy, and men were persecuted; but everybody always avoided snakes.”
― Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree

 “At Tio Pietro’s funeral, Papa had said that when people became old, they couldn’t bring themselves to cry anymore, because they had cried continually, on and off, over a lifetime long with happiness and sorrow. He had said their bank of tears had gone dry.”
― Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree

 “Ours was a kingdom of women, with Mamá at the head, perpetually trying to find a fourth like us, or a fourth like her, a younger version of Mamá, poor and eager to climb out of poverty, on whom Mamá could right the wrongs she herself had endured.”
― Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree

“War always seemed distant from Bogota, like niebla descending on the hills and forests of the countryside and jungles. The way it approached us was like a fog as well, without us realizing, until it sat embroiling everything around us.”
― Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree

 “I blurted out a sob at the sound. Papa’s voice fit into a groove in my ear, deserted for so many years, now full of his timbre. How easy it was to recognize this once lost detail. There was a home for every departed thing.”
― 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

“Multiply me when necessary,
make me disappear
when peremptory.
Transform me into light when there is shadow,
into a star
when in the desert.”
― Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree

10 Famous Quotes by Author Ingrid Rojas Contreras

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One Final Bonus – Ingrid Rojas Contreras Quote 

“I didn’t tell Papa that Petrona was raped.

I didn’t tell Cassandra I had written to Petrona and that she had written back.

I didn’t correct Mama when she assumed the photograph Petrona had sent was a new photograph. I didn’t tell her it was actually printed the year we fled Colombia.

I didn’t tell Mama that the man in the photograph was Gorrion.

I was the only one with all the pieces. I was the only one that knew that Petrona had made a home with a man who had betrayed her, that she had chosen to keep the baby, that this new life she had fed from her breasts was something I had to make up to her and the only thing I could do was keep silent about what I knew. After all, who am I to judge? As her photo blurred, I thought: even oblivion is a kindness.”
― Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree

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