King Peggy

  • by Eleanor Herman, Peggielene Bartels
  • Narrated by J. Karen Thomas
  • 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
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.

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What the Critics Say

“This is an astonishing and wonderful book about a real life Mma Ramotswe. It is an utter joy." (Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency)

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Long Live the King!

I had to keep reminding myself King Peggy is a true story. It's more entertaining than a lot of fiction I've read lately. I found myself the ultimate spectator, cheering King Peggy and her people on as they root out the corruption and lies of the elders and set about making life better for the village. It made me smile and scowl and practically dance with glee at times and mostly made me wish we had a leader who cared as much about our people as King Peggy cares about hers. I would love to hear our head of state threaten to " Squeeze your balls til your eyes pop out of your heads ". Long live the king, may she never have to go for a cure in the village!
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- phillip "From the way she acts when I take them off, I've a feeling my baby girl thinks I have headphones graphed to my skull."

Excellent Story, Well Written and Well Narrated

Would you listen to King Peggy again? Why?

Yes, I will listen to this story again because it is full of cultural aspects of Ghana, ie, pouring drinks for their dead ancestors, their rituals, and how they value family even in the light of disappointments.


What was one of the most memorable moments of King Peggy?

When the King had to accept that her ideals about her elders were wrong.


Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the entire story... but when the King had to explain to the counsel of kings how she had buried the wrong king.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The tag line would include a line indicating that against all odd the Lady King made majaor improvements to her village within a short period of time.


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- R. Pontiflet "retired writer"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-21-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio