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Call Me Tuesday Paperback – February 15, 2012
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"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
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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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...Read more ›
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'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. I am in no way affiliated with either the author or any publisher(s).
-- Java Davis, the Kindle Book Review
Behind a seeming normal, middle-class Southern facade, the author, known as Tuesday (for the actress Tuesday Weld), describes an unenviable childhood that turns unbearable after severe head trauma transforms her mother into a sadistic jailer who denies not only love and comfort, but food and most other basic needs. Her mother revels in the way that other children ignore and mistreat her daughter, as it only confirms her belief, which she drums into her daughter, that the girl is ugly and defective. Even her father, who makes some gestures to help her enjoy brief moments of normality outside the home, is caught up by his own helplessness in the wake of this tornado of an abusive woman. He isn't the only adult who fails to help, either.
I don't think for a moment that Rose, the mother, was "normal" to begin with. As the story unfolds, we learn she always had a cruel streak, and very likely enjoyed, Munchhausen by Proxy-style, being the pitied mother of a sickly child. It seems likely that Tuesday was always the discounted one, an afterthought (not to mention, free labor) whose distress at the belief that she was responsible for the death first of a family pet and then her polio-stricken sister was roundly ignored.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book seemed like an honest story of childhood abuse and a victim of childhood abuse attempting to rise above it as she approaches adulthood. Read morePublished 1 day ago by J. Watts
Great read, well written but sad story. I plan on reading her other book which is actually the rest of the story.Published 11 days ago by Stringbean
The book was very good and detailed throughout, I got lost in Tuesday's world. I was in tears sometimes BUT I had to give this book 3 stars because the ending was so frustrating to... Read morePublished 13 days ago by tys1987
Made me cry. Brought back some memories I had buried from my childhood I recommend this book. Very well written. I was glued to it from start to finish.Published 16 days ago by Judy Nieman
Really enjoyed this book and quickly purchased "Call Me Cockroach" after finishing (this is the sequel). Read morePublished 17 days ago by CourtneyE
I read both books yesterday back to back, this one and "Call me Cockroach". I am so sorry for the pain you had to endure and I definately went home and appreciated and... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Leticia
Not all mothers are nurturing to their own. Brain injury or not. Some are down right cruel. They also don't like all the children the same either. Read morePublished 22 days ago by L. N. Cloud