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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Will you think about this , this Mexican boy trying if he can sound like Johnny Mathis who was trying not to sound black . My old man says , “ Innocence you lose like hair , some every day you look in the mirror .
She was trying me out with that . I hate cursing . She wore one earring , which was a camouflage - green plastic helicopter beneath her jawline . Beautiful , perfectly shaped ear and smooth , small lobe .
Our evening ended with him trying to get places , apologizing , trying again , driving me home , and asking , “ You're not mad ? " “ No , ” I lied . Someday I would write about him in my “ In the Service ” column , and I couldn't afford ...
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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