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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“ I feel so good . Wait . No. Yes . Do you feel this good , John ? " It sounded as if she breathed in deeply . “ I think it's funny . " " Hmm - mm . " " I went to a different parlor for my hair . Do you like it ? " ' " Fine .
Probably worried that she had hurt my feelings , she said , “ You must feel good when one of them writes so nice . " “ ' I would , " I said , “ I would feel great . " In fact , the typing was excellent . Professional .
... we'd feel better than we feel staring at our reflections in that permanent national expression of our private loss . I have pondered on the anger I felt when James told me how before he left Vietnam he destroyed my letters to him .
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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