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 tell the class I must wait to pass out copies of " One Set , Proofs , " which is
supposedly Andria Charley's story . It is not . ... At the beginning of the ten - week
session I announced that students could write their short stories about anything ...
What's that , Andria ? ' ' " I mean , like a whole story ? " " Yes ? " I meant to say "
Yes " rather than ' ' Yes ? " in order to avoid her asking more . “ In a grocery store
? " “ It's a superstore , not a grocery store , Andria . And anyway , Fauknerald did it
His own story had been called " Story Math . ” I found it unacceptable because it
had been his version of Vietnam and not mine . “ Blake , your story was better
than mine , " I said , “ more bombs and heroism and beery brotherhood and other
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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