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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He said it all in one inhalation and one smooth exhalation . Mr. Fraley's arms
were almost hairless , but were tawny and hard like her brother Anthony's arms .
His neck was unwrinkled , smooth as his words ; his face was friendly and human
He led her out of the room . “ Hey — come on , Anthony , don't . ” Anthony's dark
hair was ungroomed around his ears and neck . If he chose to look straight at you
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She was chafed where her chin and the flesh of her neck overlapped ; Marcella
wished she could wash her with warm water and her own warm , soapy fingers ,
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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