Atheneum, 1990 - 250 pages
Peg O'Crerieh is a wife, mother, creative writing teacher, and sometime 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 students' stories. Usurping their material, revising their facts, Peg inches slowly toward the truth until she is eventually able to confront the tragedy that sent her to Everview -- and which she may, at last, be able to leave behind. By turns brilliantly comic and painfully sad, Little Peg is a portrait of a singular woman, and of a life illuminated and transformed by the restorative powers a gifted writer.
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Girl's Friend , ” she said , “ wants to know ' Do you have a million of nickels ? ' " "
Girl's Friend ? " “ You know . ” Girl's Friend . I suppose I did know her . I already
had the change out for another ride . I put it in the slots and got back inside . I
Do you have a million ? " asked Girl's Friend . Behind her sunglasses , Molly's
eyes squinted at me . I did not hurry . I had been curious for two years whether I
would meet Molly's imaginary friends before she grew older or before our family ...
Spit , " said Girl's Friend . It shocked me when Pigbird said , “ I can spit farthest ! " “
I can spit more far than you , " said Girl's Friend . She had Molly's controlled grin
and her same single - jingle nod . The bumblebees held perfectly still on her ...
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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