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Tuesday’s Child: A Memoir
Mary Ashun’s Tuesday’s Child is the story of a girl born in the small West African country of Ghana. She has big dreams, a large boisterous, extended family and a tendency towards asking questions that children, especially girls aren’t supposed to ask. Boarding school days, interminable church services and a famine that leaves her thin enough to be an ’80’s model are all narrated with such candid humor that it’s hard to believe there were any scars.
Now older, wiser, with a family of her own and living in North America, she embarks on a journey back to Ghana. The mission: to make peace. Who with? The answer might surprise you and this is why this is balanced African storytelling at its best!
Mary Ashun is Principal of Ghana International School in Cantonments, Accra. Mary holds a BSc from Univ. of East London (UK), a B.Ed. from Univ. of Toronto and a Ph.D from SUNY Buffalo, NY. Prior to taking up this current role, she was Principal of Philopateer Christian College in Toronto, Canada and a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Redeemer University in Canada. Mary has over 20 years of experience in International Education as a teacher, administrator and researcher.
Mary enjoys writing and most recently adapted the Disney musical, The Prince of Egypt for the stage. Ghana International School students made her proud by staging it at the National Theatre to wide acclaim. Her novel Tuesday's Child was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. She has published science fiction for children as well as picture books. Her short story African Connection joins those of Ama Ata Aidoo and Ivor Agyeman Duah, edited by the Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka in the upcoming anthology The Gods Who Bring Us Gifts. Mary writes for children (e.g. Stubborn Kwame, The Adventures of Kobby Badu Smith), Young Adults (Serwa Akoto’s Diary) and Adults (eg. Tuesday’s Child, Mistress Of The Game). Mary is constantly exploring various art forms and is in the process of releasing her first song working with Vimsion Studios in Accra.
Mary is a Klingenstein Fellow of Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. Mary and her husband Joseph have three sons: Abeyku 25, Kwamena 19, and Jojo 16.