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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Stand straight when he photographs you , ” she said . “ Look . ” Her mother
pushed her chest out , shoulders back , and raised her head enough to unwrinkle
her neck . “ You do that . ” She did it well . They climbed up into Mr. Fraley's truck
... tell her all this but use good English . “ It makes me mad , this , kind of . " “ Yes ,
” Peggy said . She was wearing one of those creased dresses like a big cooking
apron you pull up to your shoulders . It showed her shoulders and arms . Clean .
I put my arms around Francis's shoulders and asked , “ Did you know I was going
to do this ? " " I knew . " “ How did you know ? " “ Honest , Peg , it's a side effect of
the Elavil : you know the future . " Though Francis meant to be funny , I knew ...
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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