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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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 . So — don't look so much .
It's a gut feeling . ” “ Shit , Mom . " 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 to be
mad at ...
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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