However Long the Night by Aimee Molloy

Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: April 2013
Categories: Philanthropy & Charity, Women, Nonfiction
Source: HarperOne

In However Long the Night, Aimee Molloy tells the unlikely and inspiring story of Molly Melching, an American woman whose experience as an exchange student in Senegal led her to found Tostan and dedicate almost four decades of her life to the girls and women of Africa.

This moving biography details Melching’s beginnings at the University of Dakar and follows her journey of 40 years in Africa, where she became a social entrepreneur and one of humanity’s strongest voices for the rights of girls and women.

Inspirational and beautifully written, However Long the Night: Molly Melching’s Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph is a passionate entreaty for all global citizens. This book is published in partnership with the Skoll Foundation, dedicated to accelerating innovations from organizations like Tostan that address the world’s most pressing problems.

Molly Melching
My Thoughts:

However Long the Night is an amazing and inspirational story. Can you remember the last book you read that made you want to save the world? This one might just do it. 

I am in awe of Molly Melching (What could be more important than educating and empowering women?) and the things she has accomplished. Read this book and you will be too.

Much of this book is about Molly’s campaign to end FGC. (Female genital cutting) The effects of this procedure are devastating. Reading about the work that Molly and Tostan are doing to enlighten the world about FGC was interesting and moving. It’s not a pleasant subject, but it is a necessary one.

I hope you’ll take the time to read this hopeful and optimistic book. 

“Melching’s incredible journey from Illinois to Africa, from graduate student to great humanitarian, is paralleled by the journey of the countless women touched by her work: a journey to understanding, empowerment and human dignity.”
 – Lisa See, bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

18 thoughts on “However Long the Night by Aimee Molloy

  1. I think reading books like this one makes you so grateful for the people who are doing amazing work in this world. Thanks for telling us about this one! 🙂


  2. I am just going to take your reading list and copy it! You have been posting about the most amazing books. Now I want to read this one too. I need a book that gives me some inspiration and hope–sounds like this one just may be the one. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!Happy Reading,Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate


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