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

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Monique and the Mango Rains is the compelling story of a rare friendship between a young Peace Corps volunteer and a midwife who became a legend. Monique Dembele saved lives and dispensed hope in a place where childbirth is a life-and-death matter. This book tells of her unquenchable passion to better the lives of women and children in the face of poverty, unhappy marriages, and endless backbreaking work. Monique's buoyant humor and willingness to defy tradition were uniquely hers. In the course of this deeply personal narrative, as readers immerse themselves in the rhythms of West African village life, they come to know Monique as friend, mother, and inspired woman.

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"This tender, revelatory memoir recalls the two years Holloway spent as an impressionable Peace Corps volunteer in the remote village of Nampossela in Mali, West Africa. It centers on her close friendship with Monique, the village's overburdened midwife. When Holloway (now a nonprofit development specialist) arrived in Nampossela in 1989, she was 22; Monique was only two years her senior. Yet Monique, barely educated, working without electricity, running water, ambulances or emergency rooms, was solely responsible for all births in her village, tending malnourished and overworked pregnant women in her makeshift birthing clinic. With one of the highest rates of maternal death in the world, these Malian women sometimes had to work right up until and directly after giving birth and had no means of contraception. Holloway especially noted Monique's status as an underpaid female whose male family members routinely claimed much of her pay. Monique shared her emotional life with Holloway, who in turn campaigned for her rights at work and raised funds for her struggling clinic. Holloway's moving account vividly presents the tragic consequences of inadequate prenatal and infant health care in the developing world and will interest all those concerned about the realities of women's lives outside the industrialized world. B&w photos, map. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"I was moved and inspired by Monique. The friendship between the author, a young Peace Corps volunteer, and the Malian midwife is one of the great gifts of the book and proof of the power of women's relationships to recreate the world." Anita Diamant, author of international bestseller The Red Tent

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"There have been many accounts of studying people from other cultures, but few of actually being friends with them. Anyone who is curious about what such a friendship feels like from the inside should read this respectful but intimate account." Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

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"A respectful, unsentimental portrait... a poignant and powerful book." Kirkus (starred review)

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Shoshana, December 31, 2009 (view all comments by Shoshana)
The author, a Peace Corps volunteer in a village in Mali, recounts her experience with an emphasis on her friendship with Monique, the local midwife. The narrative is not as interior as some travel/work memoirs; the trade-off is that Holloway is able to focus on descriptions of the village, her work with Monique, and interpersonal relationships. Holloway is warm but not sentimental; she recounts her conversations with Monique about female genital mutilation as well as Monique's forbidden love for a childhood friend. The realities of hunger, disease, and war are all present, as well as the dilemmas faced by aid workers from more affluent and powerful nations.
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Denise Morland, September 7, 2008 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
Monique and the Mango Rains is the story of a remarkable friendship between a midwife in a tiny village in Mali and a Peace Corp volunteer.
This is a heart warming book that will restore your faith in humanity. Battling against a male dominated society, extreme lack of education among women, and back breaking work loads, Monique and Kris help to create a better, safer life for the women and children in Nampossela.
I loved that these two women, from such radically different backgrounds and belief systems, were able to understand and support each other so whole heartedly. Their love for each other and for the women and children they help shines from the book and reminds me that we all can make the world a better place. Beautifully written, this book is a wonderful introduction to West Africa showing equally the hardships and the joy experienced by Malians, not so different from our own.
You won't regret reading this book!!
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ISBN:
9781577664352
Author:
Holloway, Kris
Publisher:
Waveland Press
Author:
Holloway, Kris
Subject:
Biography-Women
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July 2006
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
214

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This tender, revelatory memoir recalls the two years Holloway spent as an impressionable Peace Corps volunteer in the remote village of Nampossela in Mali, West Africa. It centers on her close friendship with Monique, the village's overburdened midwife. When Holloway (now a nonprofit development specialist) arrived in Nampossela in 1989, she was 22; Monique was only two years her senior. Yet Monique, barely educated, working without electricity, running water, ambulances or emergency rooms, was solely responsible for all births in her village, tending malnourished and overworked pregnant women in her makeshift birthing clinic. With one of the highest rates of maternal death in the world, these Malian women sometimes had to work right up until and directly after giving birth and had no means of contraception. Holloway especially noted Monique's status as an underpaid female whose male family members routinely claimed much of her pay. Monique shared her emotional life with Holloway, who in turn campaigned for her rights at work and raised funds for her struggling clinic. Holloway's moving account vividly presents the tragic consequences of inadequate prenatal and infant health care in the developing world and will interest all those concerned about the realities of women's lives outside the industrialized world. B&w photos, map. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "I was moved and inspired by Monique. The friendship between the author, a young Peace Corps volunteer, and the Malian midwife is one of the great gifts of the book and proof of the power of women's relationships to recreate the world."
"Review" by , "There have been many accounts of studying people from other cultures, but few of actually being friends with them. Anyone who is curious about what such a friendship feels like from the inside should read this respectful but intimate account."
"Review" by , "A respectful, unsentimental portrait... a poignant and powerful book."
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