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 can hear her heart , which sounds like mine . A samba . Francis is so much like me I could have made her up . When I'm her age I'll look like her . Her silver hair is sloppy - boy - short and is thinning but lustrous .
When I said his name , I was surprised to hear it come from me . Ben . Like a shutting door , the word sealed me off from everything but what I felt inside . I descended into myself as though I was made of cavern floors and could ...
Looking for some of me in her , I leaned closer and could hear her sighing . This doesn't make any sense , but that reminded me of how my dad would hold his pocket watch in his left palm and rock the stem back and forth between his ...
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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