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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Tell me something about you that will upset me . How about it ? If you'd talk to me
like an adult - your mother — I'd like that . Tell me something horrible . " " Mom . ” "
You know : horrible . Eat me up with motherly horror . Well ? It would sure ...
Do you tell them about how I teach in the Nontraditional Program ? " “ I did . " She
can see she's got me confused . “ I used to . " She drags her napkin across her
mouth . I notice how carefully she's cared for her nails , which makes me want to ...
You get to where you want to be able to tell someone . Ben was slight . His sister
was big and tall ; his brother had a frame like his bones were lodgepoles . But
Ben had skinny legs , skinny arms . When he was seventeen I bet you could still ...
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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