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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Close your eyes now , Peg . Imagine me here in this chair . The room around me .
Are the curtains open ? With your eyes closed can you see if the curtains are
open ? I am sure they are . Lustre Glaze Chintz . “ Always open , " I tell her .
We curve in on her like closing gates she opens with her arms , her shoulders ,
hips We close back , close shut , close but unlocked , our bodies only far apart as
our blood Too small to grip a cup , her fingers clasp my throat , latch my breath ...
At the dining room table , they sat close , next to instead of across from each other
, and finished eating breakfast . “ Great news , huh ? " he said . “ We should get
Little Peg and Molly Ann something . Let's get a toy or something . " She said ...
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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