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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... my older brother Anthony was due home from Nam in three weeks , so Mom
was feeling sentimental , remembering back when Anthony and Peg and I used
to go with her , me in the cart seat , Anthony pushing , and Peg riding the sidebar
Peggy's thick , 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 ...
Not from any other one thing . In the Candy , Nuts , Baby Supplies aisle , I tried to
lean down for the diapers and blood rushed to my head . I could feel that fan bear
down on me , hovering , lower and louder . It pushed me down on my knees .
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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