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Publisher Description

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
February 21
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Tmarsh375 ,

King Peggy

My book club "Reading Between The Wines" read this book and everyone loved it and can't wait for the movie! What I admired most was King Peggy's faith! She's a true believer; despite the betrayal of the people she trusted most; the elders. King Peggy is a good read on faith, overcoming adversities, love and commitment.

Drawing maniac 2 ,

King Peggy

Loved this book about an American secretary who becomes king of a small town in Ghana. Couldn't put it down.

Ikolovesstuff ,


I've never described a book as inspiring before but this is an incredible journey!!