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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On the way around town , I told Paula lies about Francis and me and our neighborhood , our grandmas , boyfriends , our periods . The fact is , Francis and I never met each other before Everview . You know how a spider will leave one ...
But her mother had told her the rule as if telling her about an eleventh commandment . Ben shalt not see the thing nor Peg under the thing . " No , Ben , " she said , lifting his hand away . “ She'd be mad , huh ? " " Real mad .
Have I ever told you that ? " " Nope , " she said . “ Really . Never once . " Her oily face defied contradiction . " Will you take some of my things with you for the apartment ? You know : insurance . " After we filled a Hefty bag with ...
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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