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 see Paula stand up . She asks , Peg , will you hold me ? I see Peg wrap her
arms above Paula's waist , locking her hands over each other on Paula's back .
Not much of you to hold on to , Paula . So slight . Your hands could Little Peg 89.
... at the top and twelve at the bottom and , as my father knocked tacks into the
map on the wall where the foot of Ben's bed would be , I joked that it always fell to
women to hold up the world or hold it down while men hammered it in place .
Looking for some of me in her , I leaned closer and could hear her sighing . This
doesn't make any sense , but that reminded me of how my dad would hold his
pocket watch in his left palm and rock the stem back and forth between his thumb
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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