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King Peggy An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village

ISBN-10: 0307742814
ISBN-13: 9780307742810
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/12/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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 Peggyhas the sweetness and quirkiness ofThe No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agencyseries and the hopeful sense of possibility ofHalf the Sky. King Peggychronicles 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.

The author of Sex with Kings and Sex with the Queen , New York Times bestselling historian Eleanor Herman has hosted episodes for the National Geographic Channel and the History Channel's Lost Worlds . Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she is married and lives in McLean, Virginia.

Map of King Peggy's Village of Otuam, Ghana
Prologue
Washington, D.C., August-September 2008
Ghana, September 2008
Washington, D.C., October 2008-September 2009
Ghana, September-November 2009
Washington, D.C., November 2009-September 2010
Ghana, September-October 2010
Epilogue
Authors' Note
Acknowledgments

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