• Monique and the Mango Rains

  • Two Years With a Midwife in Mali
  • By: Kris Holloway
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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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.

©2007 Kris Holloway (P)2018 Tantor

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Wonderful work featuring strong women

Loved this book! My son, who is in college, had to read it for class. I got interested in it, and bought the audio book so that we could listen together. The story line held our interest and the narrator was wonderful! I will read the book also.

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Lovely story, not much about midwifery and birth

really loved the story and couldn't put it down. as a midwife, I was hoping more for that part of the story which was pretty minimal.

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Must Read

This book is well written and makes you feel like you’re in Mali with Kris and Monique. A great look at Mali’s culture through an American’s eyes. An amazing story of how living abroad and immersing yourself into a new culture changes you and creates life long friendships.

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Excellent

This was a required book to read/listen for a Medical Anthropology class in College, and I really liked how Kris shared her experience. If you live in a “first-world” country, it’s eye-opening to realize that some what primitive healthcare conditions still exist only a plane ride away.

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lifechanging

I couldn't have loved this more. As a student midwife it was super impactful I appreciate the author sharing Monique's life

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  • Carol Welsh
  • 01-18-22

Wonderful book about wonderful women

Childbirth, even in modern times, is still very dangerous. In parts of Africa there are attempts to make changes despite a patriachal selfishness in many of its men. This wonderful uplifting account of an extraordinary woman .... a midwife named Monique was an absolute pleasure to read. Bless her and the author. Thank Heavens i am not a woman of such patriachal lands. Fabulous book thanks Audible.