Atheneum, 1990 - 250 pages
Peg O'Crerieh is a wife, mother, creative writing teacher, and sometime resident of the Everview Residential Treatment Center, which she is once again preparing to leave. Awaiting Peg at home are her devoted family, the normal pressures of daily life, and, most important, the students in her Nontraditional English class, where the assignment is always to write about Peg.As Peg struggles to find her place in the outside world, she finds herself drawn into her students' stories. Usurping their material, revising their facts, Peg inches slowly toward the truth until she is eventually able to confront the tragedy that sent her to Everview -- and which she may, at last, be able to leave behind. By turns brilliantly comic and painfully sad, Little Peg is a portrait of a singular woman, and of a life illuminated and transformed by the restorative powers a gifted writer.
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It's okay if you don't take notes . " Lewis Blake is staring . Right through the voile of my dress , I suspect . " What is this shit ? " he says . " What about Peter and Andria ? ' ' If this were grade school I'd make him close his eyes ...
If it's Sunday , 1100 hours here , then in New Mexico it's Saturday , 2 P.M : my parents ' nap time . We did two passes of the meat freezer . It impressed me how the rows of tongues and feet and brains merited their own small but ...
It's violent . Lamaze and all the Lamazers say it's beautiful , it's natural . It's a passage . ' You see them say that on television . Okay . If that's what you believe , all right . ” In the mirror above the delivery table she had ...
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This is the second novel from McIlvoy ( The Fifth Station , LJ 3/1/88), an English professor at New Mexico State University. Peg O'Crerieh Aigley is estranged from her husband, the mother of a teenage ... Read full review