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 metaphors hold fast , loose , bleed , spread , sprawl , stain , each as
unrevisable as guilt , as unassignable as blame . “ If I break pattern in a pattern
called a war - Christ ! What are patterns for ? “ That's plagiarized . I don't
remember who ...
Look . Food on you , " my mom said . My tie . So much I remember after twenty -
four years and after this , these sixteen when I live in Mexico . Will you believe so
much ? Why does Uncle Arturo remember this ? I tell you . Much loves .
Remember Peggy's birth ? " " You bet , " he said . " Those were some days ,
weren't they ? " They were , she thought . They were some days . Why did it take
more effort for her to remember them now in the same nostalgic ways he
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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