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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I might have felt nostalgia for Baby if she hadn't floated so beautifully . I might have felt some horror at the sight of her bandaged up like that , but I held hands with Ben and felt awfully good that we sealed her up tight .
I felt he wanted me to open the back of the ticking mystery and explain about war , how war worked . As if I could explain or knew how to say what our parents and the politicians and all the journalists and soldiers couldn't or wouldn't ...
The Dursis , the Turners , Meadlos , Huttos , Sledges , Mitchells , Parrujos , all still there . “ Charley horses better ? " my father asked . “ Plenty , " I said . " Pretty good . " I felt bad ...
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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