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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I felt he wanted me to open the back of the ticking mystery and explain about war
, how war worked . As if I could explain or knew how to say what our parents and
the politicians and all the journalists and soldiers couldn't or wouldn't say .
At the end , she had to explain . “ The whole perm just didn't ... In my visit with
Paula Analyst , at her office downtown , I explained about John Glenn and my
hair , and Jen , and the feeling I had that I was rocking or swinging . “ When I
swing up ...
I don't owe anyone an explanation of that . But , look , I think if all the lovers ,
friends , and families of all the Vietnam dead ... James told me how before he left
Vietnam he destroyed my letters to him . He couldn't explain , he said , and when
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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