Perennial, 2000 - 250 pages
Peg O'Crerieh is a wife, mother, creative writing instructor, and occasional 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 student's stories. Usurping their material, revising their facts, Peg slowly inches toward the truth until she is finally able to leave behind.? By turns brilliantly comic and achingly sad, "Little Peg, is a portrait of a single woman, in extremis and in exultation, and of a life transformed by the retrospective powers of a gifted writer.
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My cholesterol count is maximum so the combination of stimulants and the glacial movement of garbage in major and minor ventricles makes my body corrosively aware of its mortality . Are my students in the same perfect state for writing ...
Now , he had kissed and held my body . He had bruised my body . And it is still inexplicable to me how much more complex that made him when it might reasonably have made him only a jerk . Driving home , he talked about when he thought ...
It impressed me how the rows of tongues and feet and brains merited their own small but carefully crepe - decorated section in the freezer box : a place of honor ; as if the butchers wanted to acknowledge the grace of these body parts ...
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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