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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This is the day she opens all the bus windows and bus doors front and back and
tears up Highway 28 to Hatch then back again in order to air out the bus . It is a
gusty October morning , the night blackness stained with dust that has the smell
Instead of consoling my mother , whispering that everything would be all right ,
and walking her from the car to her home ; instead of that , I sat and watched her
fumble with her front door . I thought of the pretend trips Ben and I took as
... stepped down . I took presents from her arms . Her handshake was firm . Her
right hand folded around mine and her left hand embraced my shoulder near my
neck , as Lewis had done . At the front door , I looked at what she had brought .
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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