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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Self Report Writing a letter to my daughter Molly , Francis got stuck on Churchill . “
Did Churchill have six pairs of spectacles ? " she asked . “ Was it five ? " Her ring
finger tapped the s and her index finger tapped the f on her Cadet RemRand ...
They concern my student writers ' lives and how they might affect my story . ...
Right in the middle of writing this I could have a spiritual conversion of some kind
, risking my whole literary aura , or I might finally read Hölderlin and the back of
We have decided : waving a flag from a hilltop makes you vulnerable ; writing ,
planting a flag on a hilltop , is suicidal . We had a bet that the bus driver didn't
write anything . Letters ? " No , " she said , " not much . " Notes to herself ? “ Why
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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