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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It is a Sunday morning in September . The Everview bus lady has given several
of us a morning ride on a small bluff road just beyond the northern edge of Las
Almas . On this high edge , I can see most of the Mesilla Valley . It is softened by
... auburn hair was oily and had been pushed back from her temples , drawn
down behind her ears . It needed washing . It should be combed out and brushed
. In this room where the morning light was softened by the closed curtains ,
On the living room sofa , she and John divided the Sunday morning Albuquerque
Journal between them . Her loafers pinched her toes , so she slipped them off .
She swiveled to tuck her feet under his left leg , and she burrowed each foot ...
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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