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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Drinking our milk with our medication , Francis and I talked about it . Andria's
story had upset Francis . She thought I shouldn't have done what I did . “ I just
retyped it , " I said , which was a lie I only needed to repeat in order to believe .
You believe me , don't you ? You can believe me . " Most of me does not like what
is happening . Parts of me enjoy . “ Can't you see ? " I say . " We shouldn't- " "
What ? " He is barely able to catch his breath . “ We shouldn't . " I say to myself ...
He would really believe I had the strength to leave without returning , and then I
would believe that all the more myself , and he would hate me for that , wouldn't
he ? He'd put his head halfway in the car window , his handsome pale mouth and
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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