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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You put in your older brother and that mean man . " The dining room table we sat at was vast . Probably twenty chairs were tucked under it . PROPERTY OF EVERVIEW Was stenciled onto the center of the Formica about every fifteen inches .
If she gets off her medicine — I mean , she couldn't have taken it with her — she's already in trouble . " The only time the box man looked at us was when he waved as he clunked away in his truck . “ I guess we'll go to the Furr's and ...
Those boys , I mean . I could've shot ( I was supposed to shoot ) only the wounds . Just them . All right , one second . I'm saying something , please , I'm getting to what I have to say . This is what . Subtract some of yourself .
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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