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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As they were pulling back onto the highway , they heard giggling through Peg's car window . “ ' You better not , " Peg said , touching his hand on the wheel as he pretended to turn the car in that direction .
At first I heard both men ; then I heard gibberish . At a certain point , their voices seemed clarified by distance , so that I could identify each word but no longer distinguish the men , even though I sat near them .
Then I thought I heard him breathe differently , as though he didn't want to be heard breathing . I could tell what he was doing now . He was setting the table for the three of us . “ Peg , " he said , " thanks for calling me .
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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