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Call Me Tuesday: Based on a True Story [Kindle Edition]

Leigh Byrne
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Book Description

At eight-years-old, Tuesday Storm's childhood is forever lost when the death of her older sister, Audrey, sends her family spiraling out of control into irrevocable dysfunction. In the wake of the tragedy, Tuesday's mother, distraught and looking for a scapegoat, singles Tuesday out from her siblings to take on the blame for Audrey's death, and then targets her for unspeakable abuse. Suddenly the loving environment Tuesday has come to know becomes an endless nightmare of cruel "games" and twisted punishments, as she's forced to confront the dark cruelty lurking behind the beautiful face of the mother she idolizes.

Based on a true story, Call Me Tuesday recounts, with raw emotion, a young girl's physical and mental torment at the mercy of the monster in her mother's clothes--a monster she doesn't know how to stop loving. Tuesday's painful journey through the hidden horrors of child abuse will open your eyes to what could be going on behind your neighbor's door, while her unshakable love for her parents will tug at your heartstrings.

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"...a horrifying story inspired by true-life experience...the prose so vividly and evocatively portrays suffering." ~ Kirkus

"Despite the disturbing subject matter, the writing is well-crafted but never emotionally manipulative or maudlin, which made this a surprisingly enjoyable read." ~ Online Book Club

From the Author

When I was a kid, I refused to believe my mother hated me. No matter how many times she said it, my young, optimistic mind simply would not allow it to be true. It wasn't until the day I felt her grip tighten at the back of my neck, as she submerged my head in scalding water and smashed my face into the bottom of the bathtub, that the terror of drowning grabbed me by the shoulders and shook the truth into me.

This, and all the abuse described in Call Me Tuesday is 100% true, and I, the author, am the one who endured it. Other parts of the book, like the names and locations, were fictionalized. I decided to do this out of respect for the people involved, but also, on a more personal level, I found it easier to write about the horrific and humiliating things that happened to a fictitious child named Tuesday than to write about the horrific and humiliating things that, in reality, happened to the little girl I used to be.

I'm adding this note because I feel it's important to make it clear that the abuse part of the book is true, so while reading the story you can keep it in the back of your mind that the kind of extreme maltreatment of a child at the hands of a parent, as detailed in Call Me Tuesday, does actually happen--something I believe everyone needs to know.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A voice calls out in the wilderness May 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a book which is difficult to read at times - for the pain in the writing is so poignant and artfully expressed. A pain that most people would probably want to forget and leave behind. But the author knows that she has a story to tell, a story that needs to be told, so that others may be spared the trauma that Tuesday went through. Which requires remarkable courage, in going through it all - not once, but twice - this second time page by written page.

We usually view motherhood as something sacred, but in "Call Me Tuesday" motherhood is anything but that. The book begins with a pivotal event, where her mother appears as an inhuman monster and Tuesday is at the height of her despair. We are then taken back to a much earlier time, when her mother was still a loving parent and Tuesday had not yet been robbed of her childhood. This is skilfully done, for we know that at some point in the book, we will reach that point again. But for now, it is for us to try and put the pieces together, in such a way that may somehow explain the change in her mother, and in her life. And as we go through a journey of mental and physical abuse together with Tuesday, witnessing the world through her eyes, we are unable to find the answers. Even after Tuesday has managed to break free, neither she nor we are any closer to understanding how such a thing can happen.

For how can a mother abuse her child? Day by day, year by year. Mothers are supposed to protect their children, care for them and nurture them. Children trust and believe in their parents, and when a parent turns on them, the child is helpless, with nowhere to turn. In most cases, the people nearby: neighbours, relatives, teachers...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and poignant October 14, 2012
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I would recommend this book to anyone who has suffered extreme childhood emotional and physical abuse. Though hard to read at times- the majority of the time actually- it identifies the survivor in all of us. It shows the strength we have to reclaim our name and our identity.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eye opener October 21, 2012
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Such an excellent book that I didn't want to put it down. I was once again educated to the often overlooked signs of abuse. I will always listen to and observe the young children around me because of this story.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another in CHILD ABUSE Genre July 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It used to be that no one discussed child abuse. Now, it is a topic that is frequently touched upon. In the child abuse genre, there are three sub-categories: the author needs to write a memoir for a catharsis; the author writes a thinly veiled novel based on their own experiences; and finally, the author tells a story of getting a law passed or becoming a therapist and helping future children. This book falls into the second category of a thinly veiled novel/memoir.

The book is written in the style of a memoir, and I wish it had been an actual memoir. There was no reason to disguise the story. But for a first book, Ms. Byrne did a great job. She has writing talent.

If you are an aficionado of child abuse stories, this is a good one. If you're new to the genre, this is a good starter book since it is so well-written. It is easy and flippant to say that the victim, in this case, Tuesday, wasn't assertive enough, or didn't press other adults hard enough. But when a child is in the situation, a child can instinctively realize that any roof over your head is usually better than running away, being out on the streets all alone, sleeping on park benches, etc. Tuesday didn't leave until she was 15, when her father finally transplanted her into the care of a wonderful relative. Ms. Byrne delineates the normal reactions of outsiders: disbelief, fear of involvement, and the presumption that the child is bad. She also did not forget to detail the after-effects of abuse that continue long after it's over, and the strange ways they can manifest.

I received this book for free in order to review it for The Kindle Book Review website. I am in no way affiliated with either the author or any publisher(s).

-- Java Davis, the Kindle Book Review
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, Couldn't put it down! March 9, 2013
By Stace
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This book reminded me of 'A Child Called It'. I couldn't put this book down, it was so well written. The little girl (named Tuesday)'s mum suffers a head injury and looses a daughter due to polio, which turned her violent and abusive towards Tuesday. The abuse suffered by Tuesday was horrific child abuse. She suffered from starvation, beatings, humiliation, seclusion by being locked in her room for days at a time. Harsh workloads and belittling and singling her out from her brothers. Tuesday's Dad was in a difficult situation but he should have taken his wife to hospital the moment he realised she was beating her child. They could have institutionalised her for a few weeks or months with meds and counseling. He let Tuesday down massively by not protecting her. Not talking about her sister's death didn't help things either.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot put down !!!! March 23, 2013
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I did not know what to think when I first started reading this book. But after only a few pages I was so wrapped up that I could not put it down. I cried and found myself gritting my teeth with anger and concern for a little girl that just wanted to be loved. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a true story that will leave you both edge of your seat, and dripping tears down your cheeks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great story
This was a great book and was very sad. I could feel her pain and need or be released from her pain. Very we'll written.
Published 22 hours ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars spoiler alert
I have heard of people having head in jury's and completely changing who they were. I knew a woman who was very religious. She fell from a horse and was in a coma for a few days. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Lisa Roig
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
Love everything about it. Is so real it hearts sometimes. Can't wait to read the next book. Very satisfied with my purchase.
Published 2 days ago by Astrid
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by christy l leverett
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll learn to hate most of the characters
This book is based on a true story. You'll learn to hate most of the characters..except for the girl named Tuesday. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Catherine M. Mcmullen
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a great read and it was interesting the way a child ...
It was a great read and it was interesting the way a child could be towards her parents with her feelings.
Published 5 days ago by Charity
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a sad story
I got this book over my vacation and I read it all in one day. It was so hard to put down, that I read more than 50 pages in one sitting. Read more
Published 6 days ago by C
5.0 out of 5 stars sad and haunting
This book was a glimpse into the world of child abuse and mental illness. It was also a book about strength and forgiveness.
Published 7 days ago by ronnisha quarles
5.0 out of 5 stars The family dynamics in this true story gave me such ...
The family dynamics in this true story gave me such sadness to understand what some children endure in their young years. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Rosemary Riccio
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sad book. Enjoyed it very much, fast read.
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More About the Author

Leigh Byrne is an American author who lives in southern Indiana. She's a passionate writer, self-described loner, and serious NBA fan. Her works include "Call Me Tuesday," a memoir revealing her experiences as a victim of extreme child abuse, and "Call Me Cockroach," in which she details the debilitating and often bizarre ways her childhood trauma influenced her adult life.

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