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