One of Entertainment Weekly's top 10 narrative travel books
"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
"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
author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
"A respectful, unsentimental portrait . . .
a poignant and powerful book."
Kirkus, Starred Review
Monique and the Mango Rains is the true story of
the life and death of a remarkable West African midwife, seen through the eyes
of a young Peace Corps Volunteer who worked side-by-side with her, birthing babies
and caring for mothers, in a remote, impoverished village. It is a rare tale of
friendship that reaches beyond borders to vividly and irrevocably unite another
woman’s world with our own.
Email of the month, October 2015
"Your book moved me to very embarrassing tears. It is beautifully written and brings rural Africa to life with vivid detail!"