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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I spoke and whispered and sang you to sleep with what he always called me ,
what I always hated : “ Little Peg . Little Peg . Little Peg . " Your fists tightened like
in your sleep , until your father came home and your mother was gone there and
My department head will not like the curve , but the pluses and minuses might
appease him . " Burns asked , “ ' Do you sleep with him ? " Do I sleep with him ?
Of course not . But I had to answer because the question had quieted everyone .
I'm— " “ ' You're breaking your sleep routine . You're sabotaging yourself . " Wind
- in - sycamore sounds came from the television . Golden light around the bird -
like shadow of pen and hand over paper . Everything darkening . The windiness
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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