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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We took the sacks in our arms , listening to the boomcashinking and bleating .
The brass sounded purer than it had on other , warmer winters . Maybe the
chilled metal of the saxes and cornets made crisper notes , or maybe in the cold
I took all my clothes off . I took the thing off my breasts . I wasn't finished . I thought
of that word , " panties , " that one word defining children's and women's
underwear , and that mattered to me . I took them off too . An AWOL housesoldier
Molly and I took window screens outside to make a stack in the uncompleted
room outside . Then the three of us carried out door screens and some of the fat
rolls of old carpeting that had their butts shoved against the bedroom walls and
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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