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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The Rados had tree experts prune their poplars front and back each fall . Just
about the whole neighborhood turned out to watch the three experts , who wore
identical gray work jumpers , and who earned twenty - five dollars each . We
We hadn't kept up as well as we thought and after the breakfast ended , the stack
in front of us was chin - high . Alone in the church kitchen , we both did the job
right . He didn't leave crud on a plate , front or back . I didn't dry those plates and ...
... stepped down . I took presents from her arms . Her handshake was firm . Her
right hand folded around mine and her left hand embraced my shoulder near my
neck , as Lewis had done . At the front door , I looked at what she had brought .
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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