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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When the pumpkins and the camera were loaded and the truckbed cover was latched into place , they drove out of the circle of light , smaller now because of shadows fencing it in more closely . At their home , her mother found a letter ...
But I'm keeping her and all of them in the dark where they shine so much brighter than in the light of my own already overgenerous illumination . Oh yes , I give off light . I'm beginning to remember how much exuberant light I used to ...
No light . " Well , " said the bus lady . She tried the light switch . We stood quiet and close to each other . I told her I hoped she'd visit sometimes . She took my hand and my shoulder again . “ I'm going to , " she said .
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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