The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden: A Novel by Jonas Jonasson | Conversation Starters
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden follows the life of Nombeko Mayeki, a young, black girl living in a poor village in South Africa during the apartheid. Nombeko's life ends up being much different than the life of a typical girl in Soweto. Instead of dying early due to the poor conditions around her, eventually, she takes a job cleaning the house of an engineer and becomes his chief adviser in a secret mission to make atomic bombs. As the story continues, she finds herself in Sweden. To her surprise, she ends up in possession of a seventh bomb that was never supposed to have been made. Now, Nombeko must find a way to get rid of the bomb and save the King and the rest of the planet. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden was nominated in 2014 for the Specsavers National Book Award for International Author of the Year.
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