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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“ The boys like it when she serves them tea . The boys like the way the kettle hisses then whistles , and the boys like the way the air changes when the tea is plunged in the hot water . " She is reconsidering the next part .
He was a high school junior and , in a way , boys his age were not permitted to say “ ' I love you " to their sisters , who were allowed to say it . " Son of Mr. & Mrs. Fill In The Blank at such and such an address " is the way I wrote ...
Those boys , I mean . I could've shot ( I was supposed to shoot ) only the wounds . ... Even if I was shooting an injured foot , I'd get the boy's face in the picture . A nurse might have to hold his arm up or cradle his hips a certain ...
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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