Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years With a Midwife in Mali

Written by:
Kris Holloway
Narrated by:
Kirsten Potter

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2018
8 hours 25 minutes
What is it like to live and work in a remote corner of the world and befriend a courageous midwife who breaks traditional roles? Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Mali Midwife is the inspiring story of Monique Dembele, an accidental midwife who became a legend, and Kris Holloway, the young Peace Corps volunteer who became her closest confidante. In a small village in Mali, West Africa, Monique saved lives and dispensed hope every day in a place where childbirth is a life-and-death matter and where many children are buried before they cut a tooth. Kris worked side-by-side with her as they cared for each other through sickness and tragedy and shared their innermost secrets and hopes.

Monique's life was representative of many women in one of the world's poorest nations, yet she faced her challenges in extraordinary ways. Despite her fiercely traditional society and her limited education she fought for her beliefs birth control, the end of female genital mutilation, the right to receive a salary, and the right to educate her daughters. And she struggled to be with the man she loved. Her story is one of tragedy joy, rebellion, and of an ancient culture in the midst of change. It is an uplifting tribute to indomitable spirits everywhere.
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This book was very well narrated. It was a title selected by our book club and those reading by text found it a difficult book to get through. It has names, places and words in the language of Mali along with French. It is a nonfiction book which gives details of the social issues faced in Mali and the daily life of the author as she lives among the village people. In particular it is the story of her friendship with Monique the midwife and health worker that she is supporting as a volunteer for two years. While those reading the text version struggled, as an audiobook it was a fantastic and easy ride into another culture and world which highlights our differences but also makes us consider what is important in life.

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