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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On my bicycle I used to get ahead of my brother Ben and fishtail the dust into his face if he couldn't keep up . Or to be sure he stopped when I stopped , I would sideswipe his bike with mine . I was only two years older than him ...
His neck was unwrinkled , smooth as his words ; his face was friendly and human . Her mother had told her once that you could find some trace of animal in almost any man's face , that she should look around and see .
Molly looked bad too : her left eyebrow was bandaged and the skin on her face was kind of a scalded red . Marcella had told me the delivery didn't go right . I put my grocery bag next to the chair near her bed .
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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