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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When the pumpkins and the camera were loaded and the truckbed cover was latched into place , they drove out of the circle of light , smaller now because of shadows fencing it in more closely . At their home , her mother found a letter ...
But I'm keeping her and all of them in the dark where they shine so much brighter than in the light of my own already overgenerous illumination . Oh yes , I give off light . I'm beginning to remember how much exuberant light I used to ...
part of light erases bad skin texture ; angled light subtracts fleshiness . I wanted to soften their hair , make them look more comfortable , get their heads — do something with their heads to make them look lighter .
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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