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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... writing them , but I never did ; and my own letters would probably not ever be
half as fine as Francis's . Now , when the alarm went off at seven and 2. Self
It had to be secret help because they might be a Mexican family , and so there
were probably eighteen or nineteen of them and they were probably running from
the law . The best thing was that the people in peril were aliens . If you were ...
We were probably talking too loudly . I folded the poem back up and put it in one
of my front overall pockets . We got on our knees near the buckets and brushes in
order to spot - clean the Chemical Dependency hallway before shampooing it ...
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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