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 stuffed the fishing line and hook inside the matchbox and handed it to him . He
dropped it into her and looked inside . “ Okay , " he said . I put the flashlight and
pencils together , rolling the blank paper around them . I rolled the map around ...
Like a shutting door , the word sealed me off from everything but what I felt inside
. I descended into myself as though I was made of cavern floors and could
descend a level at a time to call a signal word out ; then , a level deeper , a longer
He was supposed to avoid the booby traps inside and the enemy as he
encountered him . Or her . He went only a few yards inside sometimes , but other
times he crawled very deep to set explosives in place , then retreat from the
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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