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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In her mother's room she carefully pulled the dress over her hair . She rolled her new white socks down a little bit more until her ankles matched to her mother's satisfaction . " Stand straight when he photographs you , ” she said .
Since he had to concentrate on his driving , she pulled the sunglasses from his face . Her parents had discouraged her from pretending so much . She was older and that was “ unhealthy , " her mother said . Peg breathed onto the lenses ...
When she was eight , she insisted on pulling me in her wagon . I was too tall and too large to sit in it , so I stood while she pulled me in drag - car bursts that made me lose my balance . “ You can do it , " she said , and helped 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