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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You're perfect to shoot - I mean , I could shoot some family shots — make you all
look good - a perfect family portrait — a ten by twelve or like that . " When her
mother came back out , he was in the truck . “ Mrs. OʻCrerieh , I thank you .
You put in your older brother and that mean man . " The dining room table we sat
at was vast . Probably twenty chairs were tucked under it . PROPERTY OF
EVERVIEW Was stenciled onto the center of the Formica about every fifteen
I mean it , ” she told me , as if she was saying , “ I mean it , " and asking , " Do you
? " She said , “ I don't have a roommate , you know . I don't have company . " “ It's
been three weeks . " “ That's not so long , right ? " The fleshy tip of her nose ...
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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