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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your mouth is too closed , open your mouth - little more — big , open - mouth smile now - no - no . No. Help her out , Mom ? Good . It's there . Almost . Hold it ! ” He took the picture . “ ' Your big brother smart ? ' ' " He is .
With his mouth full of pecans , Mr. Fraley asked her mother , " What's he do ? " Mr. Fraley , the girl wanted to say , don't talk with your mouth full . Her mother spoke to her instead of to Mr. Fraley . " He's responsible for the men .
She moved the way he moved , her hands brushing over herself , her head bowed and lifted and the corners of her mouth shifting " Then it's not love ? " I asked . “ It's physical , ” she said , grinning . We set the Dirt Mister on low .
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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