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Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway
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Dec 13, 09

bookshelves: africa, favorites
Read in December, 2009

I like this book a lot, so far! It is the story of a friendship which crosses country, color, and language barriers, opening my eyes to other cultures, something in which I have long been interested. Monique, a Catholic in predominantly Muslim Mali, in an arranged marriage to an unfaithful, lazy man has completed a nine-month medical training course to be her village's sole medical provider. Kris Holloway, a Peace Corp volunteer, is assigned to be her helper. At barely two-hundred pages, Monique and the Mango Rains is a wonderfully intense color snapshot of Malian village life, especially as regards to the women and their childbearing, and most particularly, Monique. Thankfully, it is not written as a treatise on village life or midwifery. It really is about Monique...and her friend, Kris.

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