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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Peggy walked so fast , will you believe her arms pumped she walked so fast . I
ask her to slow down . She asked , “ Why ? " The way she looked at me . Frozen .
So I also walk fast . On the sidewalk we walked over where someone spray ...
And , later in the evening , when Mom and I visited Ben at the VA in El Paso , at
first I coldly assessed the small part of my brother lying before me without his right
leg , without his arms , without his slender , bony wrists , his almost unwrinkled ...
Francis closed her arms around us and asked , " So this is it ? Samba . " “ Sombra
, " I said . She closed her eyes , hugged me more tightly . " Same thing . " The bus
lady shut off the engine and stepped down . I took presents from her arms .
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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