Call Me Tuesday

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At eight-years-old, Tuesday Storm's childhood is forever lost when tragedy sends her family spiraling out of control into irrevocable dysfunction. For no apparent reason, she's singled out from her siblings, blamed for her family's problems, and targeted for unspeakable abuse. Suddenly, the loving environment she's come to know becomes an endless nightmare of twisted punishments as she's forced to confront the dark cruelty lurking inside the mother she idolizes. Based on a true story, Call Me Tuesday recounts, ...
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Overview

At eight-years-old, Tuesday Storm's childhood is forever lost when tragedy sends her family spiraling out of control into irrevocable dysfunction. For no apparent reason, she's singled out from her siblings, blamed for her family's problems, and targeted for unspeakable abuse. Suddenly, the loving environment she's come to know becomes an endless nightmare of twisted punishments as she's forced to confront the dark cruelty lurking inside the mother she idolizes. Based on a true story, Call Me Tuesday recounts, with raw emotion, a family's painful journey through the hidden horrors of child abuse, and 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.
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"...a horrifying story inspired by true-life experience...the prose so vividly and evocatively portrays suffering." ~Kirkus Reviews
Kindle Book Review - Java Davis
"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." ~Kindle Book Review
Virtual Muser eBook Review - David Lloyd
We are carried along, not able to put the book down - not wanting to hear more at times for it becomes almost too difficult to hear - but having to see it through, for we have come too close to Tuesday's inner turmoil than to desert her now.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781463690021
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 468,369
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

I am the author of Call Me Tuesday, a book based on my true-life experiences as a victim of extreme mental and physical child abuse. I share my story with hopes of offering inspiration to others who have suffered in a similar way, and to add to the awareness of some of the often overlooked signs of abuse in children, particularly that of the "scapegoat child," a phenomenon in which one child is singled out from a sibling group and punished for all the family's problems.

To preserve the privacy and dignity of family members, teachers, neighbors and social workers who have played a role in my life, I have altered some of the book's details, like names and identifying characteristics of certain individuals, and the locations and exact times some events took place. Because most of the story is a reflection of my early childhood, my recreation of conversations and insignificant events may be imperfect, but the day-to-day torment I endured, unfortunately, is etched into my memory in vivid detail. This raw, soul-baring account of what I remember is what I offer you in Call Me Tuesday.

Today, I am ridiculously happy with my peaceful life in Indiana, where I am surrounded by supportive friends and loved ones. Though not without struggle, I have come to this place of contentment by learning to put the past behind me and take delight in the abundance of simple pleasures before me--little things, like the trusting smile of a child, sunlight through stained-glass windows, the first red tulips of spring, and the occasional stiff margarita

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

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    The book is very well written. We see Tuesday's world totally th

    The book is very well written. We see Tuesday's world totally through her own eyes. The detailed descriptions of her surroundings effortlessly blend into the running plot and we are carried along, not able to put the book down - not wanting to hear more at times for it becomes almost too difficult to hear - but having to see it through, for we have come too close to Tuesday's inner turmoil than to desert her now. 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... sense that something is wrong, but do nothing to help, perhaps not wanting to believe that such things are possible. And even now, I am sure that there are people who read this book and rationalize it away as being a solitary case. But the truth is, this is becoming much too common. Perhaps it has always been this widespread, and only now, in the digital age when new avenues of communication open up to us, it is much more difficult to keep such things hidden. Hopefully books, like this one, will encourage others to speak up, have the courage and support to unveil these dark secrets. 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.    

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

    The author did a great job telling Tuesday's story. I was able

    The author did a great job telling Tuesday's story. I was able to see the things she saw, taste the things she ate, feel the pain she dealt with both emotionally and physically. Though Tuesday's story is sad, her strength is so incredible. I will definitely be recommending this one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Great Read!

    I have to say that I am not entirely finished with it yet, but will be shortly. It feels like Tuesday is someone you know, and can feel everything that happens to her. The attention to detail is impeccable, the descriptions vivid. I can't wait to see what comes next from Leigh Byrne!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

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    Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite Tuesday Storm's mothe

    Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite

    Tuesday Storm's mother named her two daughters and three sons after movie stars, but what Tuesday's mother does to her is hardly movie star quality and more shades of "Mommie Dearest". Rose Storm gave birth to her daughter Audrey, stricken with polio, as a teenage single mother. Then she marries Tuesday's school teacher father and gives birth to Tuesday and her brothers. When the entire Storm family comes down with Hong Kong Flu, it is frail, wheel-chair bound Audrey who dies and it is seven year old Tuesday whom her mother blames and tortures for Audrey's death for years afterward. Rose Storm falls down the basement stairs shortly after Audrey's death and injures her head badly, causing a personality change. And what a change it is! Rose now shows nothing but hatred towards Tuesday. She makes Tuesday keep a toilet bucket in her room, peel potatoes, clean the carpet by hand, calls her Weasel, says she is ugly, won't let her shower and starves her as well. Tuesday's father tries to intervene by having her stay with his mother during the summer but can Tuesday survive her mother's daily torture?

    "Call Me Tuesday" is a highly well-written, well-formatted and well-edited story of a mother's disturbing abuse of one of her children. Author Leigh Byrne has written a story that will unsettle readers, for in every town everywhere, there are mothers who are lesser or equal versions of Rose Storm. The characters of Tuesday, her family and the friends she works so hard to make are believable and three-dimensional. The plot line unfolds to the story's end where it unfolds to state that a child will love its mother no matter what that mother has done. Blood is thick, indeed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    A Must Read

    A heartrending story of a young girl who is abused and betrayed by those who should have given her unconditional love and protection. What makes a parent turn on a child and why does no one outside of the family see what is happening? A well written story that will have you in tears but will keep you there until the very end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    Child abuse is very common topic nowadays but at one time it was

    Child abuse is very common topic nowadays but at one time it was considered such a dirty little secret no one talked about. Growing up where you're thought of as trash or unimportant can affect a child's sense of well-being and place in the world. Child rely on us as parents for their sense of worth and importance. To have that taken away is a very damaging experience that has lasting affects well into adulthood. No child should suffer this kind of abuse yet it happens everyday.

    Call Me Tuesday is just one such experience that speaks deeply to the heart of the matter. I applaud the author for tackling such a difficult topic based on personal experience. I hope that I have the same courage to tackle my own abuse very different from the author's. Child abuse happens in small and big ways but it can be stopped. I encourage you to read Call Me Tuesday for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    I wonder how much of it is true

    True story or copy cat of A Child Called It

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

    mother suffering from mental illness. A little sweet girl who

    mother suffering from mental illness.

    A little sweet girl who wants nothing more than her mother’s love.

    Family members who turn their backs to the blatant horror that is staring them in the face.

    Call Me Tuesday was a tough book to read. Based on true events, it is a fictionalized story of what really happened to author Leigh Byrne while growing up. It reads like a memoir and in its true sense, that’s just what it is.

    Using first person point of view, Byrne recounts her childhood while growing up with a mother who, after falling from the stairs and suffering a head injury, becomes unstable and increasingly violent and sadistic. The horror of the scenes is heightened by the author’s simple, straight-forward style. However, the true tragedy of this story lies in the fact that other people, including the girl’s father, knew what was going on but chose to ignore it.

    Call Me Tuesday reminds us that situations like this happen more often than we think. It reminds us that we should be aware of this problem and also to act and not just watch, if the situation ever calls for it. I hope the writing of this work was therapeutic for Byrne. It takes hope and courage to put everything down on paper and share it with readers the way she did. Of course, it’s a plus that the prose is clean and flows well and that the voice is tragically honest without being melodramatic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Breath taking

    An amazing read based on true events.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Great story

    I couldn't put it down, looking forward to her next book

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