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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Mrs. O , " asked Norm , " how come Francis didn't come with you ? " Did they care
about the story ? Any of them ? “ Peter , " I said , " what about the story ? " His
eyes were dull , but his mouth and lips were expressively yearning . " Well , "
After she daubed her lovely young lips , she passed the balm down the table to
Norm . I passed out the completed forms . As they read my thoughtful , well -
written comments , I saw smiles . I saw flinches , and I saw flinching smiles .
Oh , I'll remember Norm , who has repeated my writing class three times . When
he sees me he'll even help me recall his name , he'll say , “ Mrs. O ! It's me , Norm
. ” Although he will have been one of thousands of my students and I will have ...
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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