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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were steady around the cup , and I touched his fingers with mine as I took it from
him . Though I know what I need , I don't always know how much . Memory has to
fill in the gaps . James trimmed his nails by neatly chewing them off . His fingers ...
I remembered what she had told me about her miscarriages . She had lost three
children in nine years . Daughters . And she had named the last two . At the
center of the table , we touched each other's hands with the tips of our fingers .
I knew that they didn't need to be packaged like prizes for him to try touching
them . But since I was finally going to ... He had his arm around me and his hand
touched my stomach , , then caressed my right side . “ See that ? " he said .
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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