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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Quietly whimpering , she tensed her small mouth in determination . From her
paper bag Marcella brought out ribbons for Peggy's hair , a compact , eyeliner ,
and lipstick , a new belted cotton dress that had been difficult to find in Peggy's
We brought you something else , " Anthony said . Francis stood between him and
me , so he had to say it through her . Anthony didn't ask if I wanted the something
he brought . He turned around with James in tow , James saying , “ Wait'll you ...
When she brought her letter out of one of her boxes , she also brought the radio .
We sat together on the floor of our bedroom , tuned in FM 92.2 , set the volume
low . We leaned over her notebook . Dear Molly , I have asked myself to stop ...
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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