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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Her mother went inside to make the telephone call . Mr. Fraley leaned on the
porch rails . She wanted to ask him about how the meter readings worked if there
wasn't any light . Did you give off light without your clothes on ? What kind of
Orientation would give me confidence . She advised that I continue writing . If I
could , I should keep written self reports of the swings up and swings down . She
apologized for not letting me use her word processor since I had left Everview .
Give me Molly . I'm going to get the two of us dressed . " It was a pretty clear invite
for me to leave . Then she relented . “ Do you want to meet us in the hospital
chapel in a few minutes ? " That was a great idea , I said . She had offered me an
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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