King Peggy

King Peggy

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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The charming real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fishing village on the west coast of Africa. King Peggy has the sweetness and quirkiness of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and the hopeful sense of possibility of Half the Sky .
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King Peggy chronicles the astonishing journey of an American secretary who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 souls on Ghana's central coast, half a world away. Upon arriving for her crowning ceremony in beautiful Otuam, she discovers the dire reality: there's no running water, no doctor, and no high school, and many of the village elders are stealing the town's funds. To make matters worse, her uncle (the late king) sits in a morgue awaiting a proper funeral in the royal palace, which is in ruins. The longer she waits to bury him, the more she risks incurring the wrath of her ancestors. Peggy's first two years as king of Otuam unfold in a way that is stranger than fiction. In the end, a deeply traditional African town has been uplifted by the ambitions of its headstrong, decidedly modern female king. And in changing Otuam, Peggy is herself transformed, from an ordinary secretary to the heart and hope of her community.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2012
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9780307879080
0307879089
Characteristics: 1 sound file (14 hr., 13 min., 6 sec.) :,digital
Additional Contributors: Thomas, J. Karen
Herman, Eleanor 1960-

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JudithE
Jul 07, 2012

Fascinating. Stranger and more suspenseful than fiction in some parts. An unexpected component is Peggy fighting for the right to be taken seriously even though she is a woman. You can see King Peggy on youtube, along with some of her elders and her village.

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