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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For eighteen days now I have been a woman living with a man . This is something I haven't been for a while , so I'm often awake , trying to assess my alien inalienable rights . I hear James putting on his Mr. Vendor clothes at the foot ...
My father unfolded a cot in the living room . Before he went out in the backyard to work , I made him move the cot into the room that he said would be Ben's . Mom neatened my bedmaking . She had always folded bathroom towels and ironed ...
On the living room sofa , she and John divided the Sunday morning Albuquerque Journal between them . Her loafers pinched her toes , so she slipped them off . She swiveled to tuck her feet under his left leg , and she burrowed each foot ...
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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