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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Ben showed me how it was her head that made the sound . He rocked Baby's
head , making it sigh again , closing and opening its eyes . Ben had instinctively
learned a gesture of my father's in which he would quietly , only slightly , shake
sprung sound . Then they made a sprung sound that unsprung her mother's
laughter again . The End I am watching Francis sleep . I can hear her heart ,
which sounds like mine . A samba . Francis is so much like me I could have made
her up .
Will you think about this , this Mexican boy trying if he can sound like Johnny
Mathis who was trying not to sound black . My old man says , “ Innocence you
lose like hair , some every day you look in the mirror . So don't look so much . "
My old ...
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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