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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Even once ? For eighteen mornings no one has seen me even once . So , I pull
on the bus driver's loaned plum jacket and venture out into the good fortune of my
dark neighborhood . The Vagrant Queen . The Vagrant Queen likes to trespass ...
... they would get down on all fours together in order to painstakingly check the
same place , because Anthony and Peg and I once ran barefoot through their
yard and because they believed what might have hurt us once could again . The
Never once . " Her oily face defied contradiction . “ Will you take some of my
things with you for the apartment ? You know : insurance . " After we filled a Hefty
bag with some of her Everview life , I asked Francis if she would read Tim Hutto's
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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